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    Why isn't Shan Masood in the team?

    Azhar Ali has been pretty bad for several years.

    Meanwhile, we've got a guy in Shan Masood who is in the form of his life and has learnt so much and shown so much promise.

    Why isn't Shan Masood playing? I'm 100% sure he would outperform Azhar over a period of say 3 or 5 test matches.

    I hope he's selected again for the first 11.

    Imo he's better than both our current openers, who got a free ride with those awful pitches in the Pak vs Aus series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blistering Barnacle View Post
    Azhar Ali has been pretty bad for several years.

    Meanwhile, we've got a guy in Shan Masood who is in the form of his life and has learnt so much and shown so much promise.

    Why isn't Shan Masood playing? I'm 100% sure he would outperform Azhar over a period of say 3 or 5 test matches.

    I hope he's selected again for the first 11.

    Imo he's better than both our current openers, who got a free ride with those awful pitches in the Pak vs Aus series.
    Also didn't he score a match winning century in a test match in Sri Lanka?

    Absokutrly crazy he isn't in head of Azhar

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    As excellent a batsman Babar is - his selections as captain are often skewed in favour of experienced senior players who get a longer rope than they ought to.

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    Team balance does not allow (given Azhar Ali is an immovable object)


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Team balance does not allow (given Azhar Ali is an immovable object)
    Not sure what you mean by immovableÖ.

    Is it that heís undroppable because heís a senior pro and a one format test specialist?
    Or is it that heís immovable because he drops anchor and his defence is pretty good, sometimes too good to get through.
    Or do you mean that heís a stodgy player who digs his heels in and doesnít rotate the strike. All three apply I guess but you would think that after 12 years of experience In the subcontinent heíd learn to rotate the strike at least. Scoring at 50 strike rate would be unbelievable but the way he sits back and letís bowlers bowl to him is really irritating.

    Donít get me wrong, Iím a huge huge fan of his but even die hard fansís patient must be wearing thin by now.

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    Shan masood is not in the team because he scored 33 runs in his last 8 test innings and the last 3 innings were 0,0,0.

    Heís not in the team through his own fault . There is no gross misjustice being done here .

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    Much love and respect to Azhar, he has been a great servant and seems like a real gentleman on and off the field, but it's time for him to go.

    He's preventing much better players from getting a chance. Shan should be in this team after his incredible form in the UK and the promise he's shown before. His knocks in South Africa stand out.

    He should be in the team for sure, and in my opinion, he should play above any of the current matches top 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenKhan View Post
    Shan masood is not in the team because he scored 33 runs in his last 8 test innings and the last 3 innings were 0,0,0.

    He’s not in the team through his own fault . There is no gross misjustice being done here .
    Wow, really? He got 3 ducks in a row? I didn't realize that. Please send the link for those stats. Even if he did though, perhaps it was bad form. Anyway yes please send me the link to those matches, appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Team balance does not allow (given Azhar Ali is an immovable object)
    Team balance? I don't think that's the word you're looking for when you say there's an immovable object. Just say immovable object.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blistering Barnacle View Post
    Wow, really? He got 3 ducks in a row? I didn't realize that. Please send the link for those stats. Even if he did though, perhaps it was bad form. Anyway yes please send me the link to those matches, appreciate it!
    Sorry not sure how to post the link but his last 8 innings read

    0, 1, 4, 10, 18, 0,0,0.
    He was rightly dropped in Jan 2021.

    Biased supporters will point to his recent county form, but he averages 29 after 25 tests and 47 innings .
    He has the lowest average out of all the batsman selected for this tour .

    People really need to stop waxing lyrical about this guy . Their is a complete ignorance about his overall career and even his recent form before he was dropped . Scoring runs in the county circuit does not mean you walk into the team .

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    I know in the early part of his career he wasn't good. I was one of those who hated his selection. But later he really transformed himself. I thought he was pretty outstanding on that one tour to south africa. Him and Babar were the only good batsmen. Later he played some pretty good innings. I know in his last few chances he failed but I happen to think he has shown such improvement overall and his first class stats are very good in all formats. I really believe he would do well again. In my opinion looking at his stats which include his early career don't show his current potential. I would pick him any day above our top three in this test match. Anyway each to their own.

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    I guess they wanted to persist with Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq, but he's knocking on the door very hard.

    Can't be long before he's back in the Test side - who knows maybe at the number 3 position.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenKhan View Post
    Sorry not sure how to post the link but his last 8 innings read

    0, 1, 4, 10, 18, 0,0,0.
    He was rightly dropped in Jan 2021.

    Biased supporters will point to his recent county form, but he averages 29 after 25 tests and 47 innings .
    He has the lowest average out of all the batsman selected for this tour .

    People really need to stop waxing lyrical about this guy . Their is a complete ignorance about his overall career and even his recent form before he was dropped . Scoring runs in the county circuit does not mean you walk into the team .
    There is waxing lyrical from me.
    The man was sublime in the PSL and has been brilliant in county cricket as well as the big bash.
    So some people judge a player on how they're playing when actually watching them play. He looks composed, his technique looks better and he's scoring runs in all formats.
    Add to this the fact that he's scored runs in Sri Lanka snd you have a very very good case in selecting him.

    Where is the waxing lyrical in all this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Team balance does not allow (given Azhar Ali is an immovable object)
    Yes, we need a constitutional amendment to drop Azhar Ali.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I guess they wanted to persist with Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq, but he's knocking on the door very hard.

    Can't be long before he's back in the Test side - who knows maybe at the number 3 position.
    I can only imagine it's because of those awful dead pitches. Fair enough. Those guys performed, not easy to drop them.

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    If Azhar Ali was dropped we'd miss him about as much as we missed Asad Shafiq after he was finally let go.

    Along with Shan we also have Saud Shakeel and Kamran Ghulam patiently waiting for their chance.

    This culture of seniors hanging on is something that Ramiz needs to get stuck into. There's been way too much of this happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenKhan View Post
    Sorry not sure how to post the link but his last 8 innings read

    0, 1, 4, 10, 18, 0,0,0.
    He was rightly dropped in Jan 2021.

    Biased supporters will point to his recent county form, but he averages 29 after 25 tests and 47 innings .
    He has the lowest average out of all the batsman selected for this tour .

    People really need to stop waxing lyrical about this guy . Their is a complete ignorance about his overall career and even his recent form before he was dropped . Scoring runs in the county circuit does not mean you walk into the team .
    Erm I thought scoring runs in the domestic circuit is exactly how you walk into the team. He had a very dodgy first part of his career. Lots of low scores but I think he demonstrated a bit of quality too against steyn and co in South Africa and a difficult chase in Sri Lanka to break records at the time. I think heís been doing more than ok in Pak Domestic, his limited over stats were mind blowing then heís continued in county which is arguably a higher standard.

    Iím not sure itís right to drop azhar for Shan just yet but that time is certainly getting close. In 10 years I donít see that Azhar has developed his game much but Shan seems to have come on in leaps and bounds. Healthy competition Iíd say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abid Z View Post
    Erm I thought scoring runs in the domestic circuit is exactly how you walk into the team. He had a very dodgy first part of his career. Lots of low scores but I think he demonstrated a bit of quality too against steyn and co in South Africa and a difficult chase in Sri Lanka to break records at the time. I think heís been doing more than ok in Pak Domestic, his limited over stats were mind blowing then heís continued in county which is arguably a higher standard.

    Iím not sure itís right to drop azhar for Shan just yet but that time is certainly getting close. In 10 years I donít see that Azhar has developed his game much but Shan seems to have come on in leaps and bounds. Healthy competition Iíd say.
    Those knocks against Sri Lanka and South Africa were prior to the England tour .

    After his century he went back to his usual inconsistent shaky self and amassed 32 runs in 8 innings with a host of ducks .

    Those are the reasons why he was dropped as they are beyond tailender numbers and this was only last year .

    We are talking about a guy who does not even average 30 in test cricket after playing 25 tests.

    His test career pales in comparison even with the likes of Asad shafiq . As I said in an earlier post he has the worst test record out of all the batsman selected on this tour .

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    Don't think Shan Masood is a great player of spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Don't think Shan Masood is a great player of spin.
    Do you think he can beat Azhar in this?


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    Abdullah Shafique shouldn't be dropped. The kid looks gold. I still have my reservations about Imam in Tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    Abdullah Shafique shouldn't be dropped. The kid looks gold. I still have my reservations about Imam in Tests.
    Shan needs to come in place of Azhar Ali asap.


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    Shan Masood should in for Azhar Ali.

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    Surely he cannot do worse than Azhar Ali. Take advantage of his form.

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    Shan Masood isnít in the team because he is written off, and probably for the right reasons.

    Azhar Ali will be going soon, and the man to take his spot should be Saud Shaqeel or Kamran Khan deservedly

    Fawad Alam may also be on his way, and the two (Kamran/Saud) are there to take his spot as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Shan needs to come in place of Azhar Ali asap.
    Yes and Fawad/Saud for Salman

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenKhan View Post
    Those knocks against Sri Lanka and South Africa were prior to the England tour .

    After his century he went back to his usual inconsistent shaky self and amassed 32 runs in 8 innings with a host of ducks .

    Those are the reasons why he was dropped as they are beyond tailender numbers and this was only last year .

    We are talking about a guy who does not even average 30 in test cricket after playing 25 tests.

    His test career pales in comparison even with the likes of Asad shafiq . As I said in an earlier post he has the worst test record out of all the batsman selected on this tour .
    respect current form , not reputation , Hassan Ali and Azhar ali both are playing in team based on reputation.

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    Shans most recent test form is 32 runs in 8 test innings with 3 ducks . Then we wander why the selectors are not in a rush to bring him back .

    Azhar ali at his worst has not produced such tailender figures and if he is on the way out then the likes Saud shakeel should be given a go.

    Shan masood has a large of sample size of of 25 tests and an average of 29 to show that he is not consistent and mentally strong to cut the mustard at test level on a consistent basis.

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    [QUOTE=Faiz1978;11523853]respect current form , not reputation , Hassan Ali and Azhar ali both are playing in team based on reputation.[/Shans most recent test form is 32 runs in 8 test innings with 3 ducks . Then we wander why the selectors are not in a rush to bring him back .

    Azhar ali at his worst has not produced such tailender figures and if he is on the way out then the likes Saud shakeel should be given a go.

    Shan masood has a large of sample size of of 25 tests and an average of 29 to show that he is not consistent and mentally strong to cut the mustard at test level on a consistent basis.

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    Shan Masood should have replaced Azhar Ali for the 2nd Test vs SL - do you agree?


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    Yes, Shan Masood should have been in at no. 3 with Babar at 4. Rizwan should bat around 5 at the highest but I prefer him at 6. I would also have played Faheem Ashraf over Hasan Ali to strengthen the batting and because Hasan Ali hasn't been good lately.

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    He should have played just for the fact you don't want to shift Babar from his set number.

    Next innings Bakwas Alam should come 1 down.

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    Shaan should replace Azhar.Saud and Ghulam should be in the team.Fawad is close to end of his international career.He should call it a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Shan Masood should have replaced Azhar Ali for the 2nd Test vs SL - do you agree?
    Yup.

    Based on his form, Shan should be in the team. Definitely should play over Azhar and Fawad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Shan Masood should have replaced Azhar Ali for the 2nd Test vs SL - do you agree?
    I agree. It should have been either Shan or Saud for that no 3.

    Changing position of Babar to induct Fawad was pretty odd.

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    I would not have minded if either Saud or Shan were in the team batting at 3.

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    Shan Masood:

    PSL 7 - 478 runs (3rd highest), average of 39.83, strike-rate of 138.15

    Vitality Blast - 547 runs (5th highest), average of 45.58, strike rate of 139.89

    List A average of 57.46


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    Asked to play domestic by the CS

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    Asking this question since ages don't know what we're waiting for

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    He has immensely improved his form in white ball cricket yet we still stuck with the likes of Asif Ali and Khusdil... Seriously...what will it take for the management to bring him into the squad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post

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    Honestly, the management and selectors should be sacked.

    You have Haider Ali who showed a lot of promise unable to get in to the side. Then you have an experience player like Shan Masood who is in absolutely sublime form who is just being ignored for all formats.

    Yet we're fine with sticking to oldies such as Iftikhar who has done nothing for the national side and has been playing for how many years now?

    The mind truly boggles

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Today's innings

    That reverse sweep 12 seconds is brilliant, very English in the way he played it so comfortably.

    The interesting thing here is that he came in at number 4 instead of opening! He clearly has identified the gap in the pakistan LOI team and realised he can't break into the top 3 so him performing at number 4 could be great for him and Pakistan.

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    And he can't get ahead of Asif Ali or Khushdil Shah.

    Okay then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forum363 View Post
    That reverse sweep 12 seconds is brilliant, very English in the way he played it so comfortably.

    The interesting thing here is that he came in at number 4 instead of opening! He clearly has identified the gap in the pakistan LOI team and realised he can't break into the top 3 so him performing at number 4 could be great for him and Pakistan.
    It's a strong slap in the face of the Chief Selector who said something along the lines of an opener not being able to slot in to another position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMMY69 View Post
    It's a strong slap in the face of the Chief Selector who said something along the lines of an opener not being able to slot in to another position.
    In defence of the selector, I would say that not every opener can play at number 4. Even someone as consistent as Rizwan when opening is struggling in the number 4 position.

    But Shan has shown again and again that he is has incredible temperament and is willing to work on his shortcomings.

    To go from effectively a club level batsman when we was selected to a reliable county player and high impact limited overs batter is nothing short of brilliant.

    He should be the core of our team for the next 4 years until his age catches up with him.

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    Shan is making a habit of reinventing himself and making comebacks, a very determined player. No doubt he'll be in the team again soon.

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    Must for t20 WC he can play the short ball well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmed216 View Post
    Must for t20 WC he can play the short ball well
    Shaan is educated which makes a big difference as he accepted he had flaws in his technique and worked on them until he ironed them out. He better be back for the T20s against England...

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    I think we could get him in, we need someone reliable at 3 to reliably set platforms.

    We could probably play something like
    1. Rizwan
    2. Babar
    3. Masood
    4. Iftikhar
    5. Shadab
    6. Fakhar
    7. Haider Ali
    8. Nawaz

    Iíve lost faith in fakhar tbh, Iíd rather just try him as a hitter down the order now. Heís just too unreliable for too order, heís had over 60 games in the top3 now and still not convincing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post

    Please keep making these posts and also tag pcb

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    A tight slap to Mohammad Wasim who said that there isn't enough sample of him playing in the middle order. Boss Shan took it as a challenge and batted at 4. He is much better than Rizwan, and Salman Ali Agha in the ODIs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ads101 View Post
    I think we could get him in, we need someone reliable at 3 to reliably set platforms.

    We could probably play something like
    1. Rizwan
    2. Babar
    3. Masood
    4. Iftikhar
    5. Shadab
    6. Fakhar
    7. Haider Ali
    8. Nawaz

    I’ve lost faith in fakhar tbh, I’d rather just try him as a hitter down the order now. He’s just too unreliable for too order, he’s had over 60 games in the top3 now and still not convincing.
    Fakhar at 6 makes no sense.

    Dont mess with top 3 in T20

    Shan at 4, Iftikhar at 5, haider/asif at 6

    then all rounders and bowlers.

    get rid of khushdil and players who have not performed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    A tight slap to Mohammad Wasim who said that there isn't enough sample of him playing in the middle order. Boss Shan took it as a challenge and batted at 4. He is much better than Rizwan, and Salman Ali Agha in the ODIs.
    Have to agree Salman is a poor batsmen the sooner we realise the better. For the 50 over World Cup haris sohail and Shan needs to come in and Rizwan dropping to 6. Enough of ifti and rizwan at 4 in odis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arif_2021 View Post
    Fakhar at 6 makes no sense.

    Dont mess with top 3 in T20

    Shan at 4, Iftikhar at 5, haider/asif at 6

    then all rounders and bowlers.

    get rid of khushdil and players who have not performed.
    Fakhar hasn’t performed. He has had so many games, batting in the best position for t20 as opener for the vast majority. It’s harder to bat in the middle order as we’ve seen with Rizwan. In fact give khusadil shah those chances as opener or top 3 and he might do better than fakhar, an average of 22 isn’t hard to beat.

    When an early wicket goes down I would rather have masood coming in than fakhar. Masood deserves a chance to prove himself if entering the team fully. I’m sure he’d prefer to open, but higher the better. At 4 he may be in hit and get out situations and then dropped without having a fair chance to prove himself. Fakhar is not incredible enough at 3 to deny him that chance I feel.

    Compare the performance of other countries at 3 and it’s a gulf. Batsmen at 3 have very good records and are dependable for their team. On the other hand most teams struggle just like Pakistan in terms of lower order batsmen. Fakhar probably would have been discarded for good some time ago if it weren’t for his odi exploits, it biases his view as a t20 player.

    Fakhar really is the type of player you want as an aggressive opener, which he has more or less failed at doing despite 50 or so games. He might also succeed at hitting down the order once a platform is set. But at 3 he is mostly rebuilding/ setting a platform which doesn’t suit him. He can always be promoted if we get off to a good start anyway.

    Just like how Rizwan outperformed Fakhar when given the opening spot, why not give someone else the chance at 3, who may far outperform Fakhar there too?
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    Shan was given a long rope ,he took his time & when he finally looked the real deal he was dropped ����*♂️his white ball game has gone onto the next level should be in the in the odi & t20 squads , imo he should be the no4 in t20


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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    A tight slap to Mohammad Wasim who said that there isn't enough sample of him playing in the middle order. Boss Shan took it as a challenge and batted at 4. He is much better than Rizwan, and Salman Ali Agha in the ODIs.
    It's an excellent move that he has moved down to 4 and hopefully he continues to perform at 4 to put even more pressure on Wasim.

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    I think that Shan Masood should have been the Pakistan captain for the 2019-2021 and 2021-23 World Test Championship cycles - but ONLY if Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam were forcibly retired to leave him as the only veteran in the batting line-up.

    But Shan Masood is 33 years old in less than 2 months' time.

    In other words, he is already the age at which the likes of Ab De Villiers, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen played their last test matches.

    So I'm very sorry, but the chance to make him captain from 2019-23 has passed.

    And he is now the age at which he should be about to retire from international cricket.

    It's time to give a chance to younger batsmen, not recycle older ones.

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    Highlights of his match-winning fifty for Balochistan vs Sindh at the National T20 today



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    547 runs at an average of 45.58 and at a strike-rate of nearly 140 in the T20 Blast.

    170 runs at an average of 56.66 and at a strike-rate of 134.92 in the National T20 Cup, yet Shan Masood isn't being picked in Pakistan's T20 squad.

    Must have upset someone!


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    The mind boggles

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    God looking at how Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali and even Fakhar Zaman have batted, one does wonder how Shan Masood hasn't earned a call in the Intl. setup.

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    Ok so Shan is in the squad YET again.

    Question really is, which position will he play on, if selected?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Ok so Shan is in the squad YET again.

    Question really is, which position will he play on, if selected?
    He should bat at 3 it makes no difference as they all bat in one way at a strike rate similar to each other

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    Doing the live press conference right now... Bet rest of the team happy that someone can take off the burden of answering cricket questions in English and intelligently as well...

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    The manís a very eloquent speaker and comes across as a generally good lad. I hope he smashes it this time round

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    His last 5 innings for Balochistan 10, 0, 9, 25,11.

    Shan lacks mental toughness, and the pressure and expectation of a call up have already began affecting him.
    Has happened in his test career repeatedly, a few bad innings and he goes into a shell.

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    He is a mental midget and he will be 33 next month. I donít see any logic in giving him preference over Imam in Test cricket. He is not going to improve but the latter might, just like he has in ODI cricket.

    In ODIs, he doesnít fit into the picture because Pakistan have Imam and Babar in the top 3, with camera merchant Rizwan at 4.

    In T20Is, he doesnít fit in as long as Babar and the camera merchant are opening, and Pakistan needs a more aggressive player at 3 and hitters in the middle-order who can clear the boundary.

    Conclusion: Shan Masood advocates make me laugh.

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    He is a great addition to the Pakistan side and will excel this time round because he has worked personally to develop his game

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    Not sure the purpose of his T20 selection.

    Pakistan does not need another anchor at 3. With Fakhar out Haidar needs to be the replacement. One who is able to compensate the sluggish start

    Shan is not known for his big hitting so how can he be given a middle order position?

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    World class selection

    Iím so excited to watch Pakistanís top 3 against England with Shan slotting in to one of the 3 places

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    Quote Originally Posted by Concerned View Post
    Not sure the purpose of his T20 selection.

    Pakistan does not need another anchor at 3. With Fakhar out Haidar needs to be the replacement. One who is able to compensate the sluggish start

    Shan is not known for his big hitting so how can he be given a middle order position?
    That's why if they do pick all three they must have an explosive batter batting with Rizwan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    He is a mental midget and he will be 33 next month. I donít see any logic in giving him preference over Imam in Test cricket. He is not going to improve but the latter might, just like he has in ODI cricket.

    In ODIs, he doesnít fit into the picture because Pakistan have Imam and Babar in the top 3, with camera merchant Rizwan at 4.

    In T20Is, he doesnít fit in as long as Babar and the camera merchant are opening, and Pakistan needs a more aggressive player at 3 and hitters in the middle-order who can clear the boundary.

    Conclusion: Shan Masood advocates make me laugh.
    Agree for T20is and ODIs however he should be playing Test instead of Azhar Ali at 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    He is a mental midget and he will be 33 next month. I don’t see any logic in giving him preference over Imam in Test cricket. He is not going to improve but the latter might, just like he has in ODI cricket.

    In ODIs, he doesn’t fit into the picture because Pakistan have Imam and Babar in the top 3, with camera merchant Rizwan at 4.

    In T20Is, he doesn’t fit in as long as Babar and the camera merchant are opening, and Pakistan needs a more aggressive player at 3 and hitters in the middle-order who can clear the boundary.

    Conclusion: Shan Masood advocates make me laugh.
    Agreed but he has shown a bit of an improvement in aggression last few years no? Specifically in T20s?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    He is a mental midget and he will be 33 next month. I donít see any logic in giving him preference over Imam in Test cricket. He is not going to improve but the latter might, just like he has in ODI cricket.

    In ODIs, he doesnít fit into the picture because Pakistan have Imam and Babar in the top 3, with camera merchant Rizwan at 4.

    In T20Is, he doesnít fit in as long as Babar and the camera merchant are opening, and Pakistan needs a more aggressive player at 3 and hitters in the middle-order who can clear the boundary.

    Conclusion: Shan Masood advocates make me laugh.
    Quote Originally Posted by Concerned View Post
    Not sure the purpose of his T20 selection.

    Pakistan does not need another anchor at 3. With Fakhar out Haidar needs to be the replacement. One who is able to compensate the sluggish start

    Shan is not known for his big hitting so how can he be given a middle order position?
    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    That's why if they do pick all three they must have an explosive batter batting with Rizwan.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    Agree for T20is and ODIs however he should be playing Test instead of Azhar Ali at 3
    Quote Originally Posted by The intelligent Supporter View Post
    Agreed but he has shown a bit of an improvement in aggression last few years no? Specifically in T20s?
    Iím fairly certain Shan will bat at no. 3 and Fakhar will be demoted to no. 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    Agree for T20is and ODIs however he should be playing Test instead of Azhar Ali at 3
    Replacing an average 37 year old with an average 33 year old does not fill me with excitement. Sure you can swap the two mediocrities but it will not make an iota of difference to the outlook of the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The intelligent Supporter View Post
    Agreed but he has shown a bit of an improvement in aggression last few years no? Specifically in T20s?
    Perhaps but he is not going to be a game-changer for Pakistan. Just another top-order player who would look good setting a target of 150-160.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Perhaps but he is not going to be a game-changer for Pakistan. Just another top-order player who would look good setting a target of 150-160.
    I liked his improvement vs the short ball but yes he is not the cure the team needs. Haider Ali and maybe Shahabzada Farhan seem more appropriate


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    Agree for T20is and ODIs however he should be playing Test instead of Azhar Ali at 3
    Shan isn't better than Saud Shakeel.

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