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Shahid Afridi is expected to make a comeback for the series against the West Indies. -File photo
Shahid Afridi is expected to make a comeback for the series against the West Indies. -File photo

KARACHI, June 27: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is not averse to the idea of making some changes in the squad ahead of team’s tour to the West Indies as he dropped hints that axe may fall on non-performing players.

Pakistan suffered humiliation of losing all three Group matches in the Champions Trophy and Misbah said if the selectors feel that changes are required, they were right.

“Nothing wrong in this. No player should think his place in the national team is confirmed if he does not perform up to expectations,” said Misbah, who is yet to return to country.

“I will be coming home soon and will take part in the deliberations for the selection of the squad for the coming tours to West Indies and Zimbabwe,” he added.

Not only the players like Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and a few others but head coach Dav Whatmore is also in the firing line of the critics as the selectors get ready to name the squad for the West Indies tour.

Misbah said despite the debacle in England, the team had the potential to do well in future events. “We are lacking in consistency that is our main problem if we can overcome this problem we can beat any side in the world,” he said.

There is also news about the possible return of flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi who along with several other players turned up for fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on Wednesday.

Following Pakistan’s terrible show in England, the players are yet to return from London, giving rise to speculations that it was done to avoid angry reaction of disappointed fans and supporters.

Misbah, vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez and some other players are among those who are still in London.

But Misbah said that players had taken prior permission from the cricket board to remain in London after the Champions Trophy. “Players had planned their vacations before the tournament and these speculations are baseless that due to fear of a backlash from fans we did not return home,” Misbah asserted.—Agencies

Comments (36) Closed

Rogers Evans Jun 28, 2013 02:25pm

Misbah is not fit for ODIs and T 20. Since Test matches are not in scheduled tour of WI, Misbah must be dropped from the side.

junaid Jun 28, 2013 08:07pm

There is nothing wrong being ashamed of your wrong doings, or failures as long as you are ready to correct those errors and mistakes. If the team is not coming back due to the shame, it is a healthy sign and they should appologise the fans and promise to do well next time. Fans will understand. Fans feel frustrated when thigs are pushed under the carpet and never discussed openly.

Akh Jun 28, 2013 08:15pm

Misbah should retire and leave space for new comers. Learn the lesson from great players.

sabukhara Jun 28, 2013 08:20pm

@Rogers Evans: How is he not fit for ODIs? Because he bats too slow? Well guess what, this team cannot bat even 50 overs. Without him they wont pass 120. So slow or fast don't matter, do they? As one commentator wisely said, use the next 12-18 months you have before Misbah retires to get a transition plan going by grooming younger players. It is a golden opportunity.

Arshad Jun 28, 2013 08:27pm

Misbah I respect you a lot, but my friend, you need to leave 20/20 and one day cricket. Play your test matches that you are good at. After the embarrassment of Champions Trophy, very few of the current team should be kept. Drop the dead weight and bring in new batsmen. Groom them for the next world cup. Hire a descent bating coach and prepare them for WORLD CRICKET.

shdhsn Jun 28, 2013 08:30pm

@Rogers Evans: He is the only one who has been scoring, and he is not in T20. If not one is stay on the other end, and he is saving his wicket with the hope he will get a consistent partner, he should not be blamed for it. Nothing agains Dhoni, but the advantage he has is the consitent performance from other batsmen in the team, which releases pressure from him. Remember Dhoni was in the same position when India lost from Australia and England few year back, because his batsmen were not perfroming. He was underfire as well.

qasim Jun 28, 2013 08:43pm

@Rogers Evans: I agree with roger, where is the team for world cup in Australia?

qasim Jun 28, 2013 08:45pm

Where is the team for world cup in Australia?

kamran Jun 28, 2013 08:57pm

This is the time for Changes to be made for ODI Team WorldCup2015; Mohammad Rizwan should be given chance as Wicketkeeperbatsman, as Kamran Akmal performing badly. Similarly Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal and Umer Amin should the replacement for Imran Farhat and Shoaib MAlik. Our batsmen has to stay and score in 50 overs Afridi should only be considered for T20.

g Jun 28, 2013 08:57pm

This Guy(Misbah) should only play Test Cricket as one down Batsman nothing else


Rogers Evans Jun 28, 2013 09:17pm

@shdhsn & sabukhara :

This was Mibah's battig that Pak lost in WC Semi Finals. He is only one who scores, because he selected wrong batsmen in his team. He must retire with honour now, otherwise he will no face at retirment. Most of Pak crickters are like politicians, who do not want to leave chair, inless kicked out.

Dawar Naqvi Jun 28, 2013 10:26pm

Fawad Alam, Khurrum Manzoor, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Shahzeb Hasan, Sarfraz Ahmed and Yassir Hameed must be in a team.

Fawad Alam should be vice captain.

Imran A. Jun 28, 2013 10:49pm

I have noticed there is crowd of Pakistanis who prefer erratic batting behavior compared to consistent type. So they write how they hate Misbah's batting style and want him out of the team. In my opinion, when Misbah gets out during a match, the opposition team feels they have won the match, that's how much the other erratic batsman depend on him being on the crease.

a Jun 28, 2013 11:27pm

The team players still have the decency to 'enjoy their vacations' in England after their horrible performance in ALL the games ?? I'm SHOCKED.

atif dawood Jun 29, 2013 12:25am

Cant believed our players are still vacationing in England after their horrific performance in champions trophy. Why is misbah still a captain of this team. Mr tuk tuk is usually the reason we lose matches.

Mohammed Abid Jun 29, 2013 02:18am

We have to grow up, time is now for new comers. Wasting money/time on Mizbah, and others oldies should be over.

Alos, the older crowd should learn from Tandolkar, Hanif, and Miadad. If you love cricket be a team player on an a need basis.

New comers are great: Shafique, Jamshed, Irfan, Khan, etc and selection should be based on first class cricket. New folks need confidence, see how kholi, daneja and and others have developed. Pakistan kids will show better confidence than the other countries. Misbah - time to go buddy, you cannot compete. Remember world cup semifinal against India, u had more balls VS runs required, and played safe GAVE AWAY THE GAME.

Haron Jun 29, 2013 03:28am

If Zardari can become President of Pakistan, then why not this cheater can play for Pakistan again.

AJ Jun 29, 2013 03:38am

This should finish that Misbah, Watmore or whoever want some one in the team or not. Iqbal Qasim also has his last chance to do it right for the sake of the nation and not for likings of someone. Shoaib Malik, Farhat, Akmal should go and Hafeez should only be kept if he accepts to bat at 6. We all know that Hafeez as an opner or a one down is not an option in Australia so why not move him down the order now. Haris Sohail and Umar Akmal must come in to the team. Fawad Alam and Abdul Razaq should be given a fair chance too.

nadeem Qadri Jun 29, 2013 04:56am


I respect your opinion. But you & people like you don't need to waste your time & others by giving out useless opinions. Misbah is the only one who has performed. It is so easy for people like you to trash others. What do you do for living Mr. & do you excel at the national & international level?

Shahid Jun 29, 2013 06:13am

Pakistan should devote this series to find new young players. Pack it with young batsmen and don't mind losing the series. Let this squad be selected for the WI series; Nasir Jamshed, Ahmad Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Asad Ali, Abdul Razzaq, Hamad Azzam, Said Ajmal and Abdul Rehman to play under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi. ( Mohammad Irfan rested due to workload).

Sarah Jun 29, 2013 08:09am

@Rogers Evans: Why should Misbah be dropped when he is the only performing batsman in the team.Rest seem to be just filling in the remaining 10 slots needed to build a team.He is the best in the team and his place in side always permanent till he wishes to play.Rest players need to think twice whether they are really ready for International level cricket.Remaining Batsman are substandard.

shado Jun 29, 2013 10:31am

thats correct kamran akmal, shoaib malik and imran farhat need to be dropped for ever. Azhar ali need to make a come back and make him consistant with the team along with open and groom ahmad shezad, and right hand bowler ehasan adil ( we have lot of left hand bowlers). groom the youngster and make them play consistant so they can better and build future team. Look at Newzeeland now, they have atleast 6 consistent youngster player in the team and now they are doing better than before in ODIs. -my fantacy team for pakistan would be in this batting order: Ahmed shezad, Nasir Jamshed, Hafeez, Azhar ali, Younus khan, misbah, Shahid Afridi, Sarfaraz ahmad, ehsan adil, saeed ajmal, junaid khan ( the first 4 has opened for pakistan as well) in bad collapse atleast one can carry on with the partnership and play along- we have shahid afridi for power play. also younus can be switch with fawad alam, he also have good record in internationals. -What do you think -

raj Jun 29, 2013 11:02am

Misha,Hafeez and some layers in England Daal mein kuch kaaalaa hein yaa firr poorii daal hee kaaliii lagta heii bad team selection kee captain and wise-captain getting money in england as england is hubb of spot fixing were disgraced pak players like Butt,Amir and Asif were caught now captain and wise captain still in england after loosing shamelessly......needs some good investigation and all their calls and meets must be investigated,......

Dilawer Jun 29, 2013 11:35am

Why there is so much reluctance on PCB and Misbah's part to make a strong statement regarding selection on merit? Wishy washy statements are an indication that nothing has or will change in team selection criteria and that is back door selection of non-deserving guys. Time to speak up, Captain.

Shaikh Jun 29, 2013 11:43am

Yes,change is GOOD! start from him.get rid of him and Shoaib,Kamran,etc will leave otherwise they will be back in 2 months.

pct Jun 29, 2013 12:16pm

@junaid: i think so you are junaid you are right,afterall they are human beings and nation should forgive them.

Suleman Jun 29, 2013 03:09pm

@Arshad: Which new batsman? You have tried Azhar, Asad, Umer Akmal, Umar Amin, Awais Zia and so many more. None have been able to bat even half as good as Misbah over the period of last two years consistently. Team needs new faces but the transition needs to be smooth! Look at what's happening to Australia without Hussey and Ponting!

pwasif Jun 29, 2013 06:13pm

Afrida is not the right choice he has been tested tried & tried again , he is nothing but disappointment, he was the reason for Waqar Younus's resignation, Pakistan should do better without Younus khan, Shahid Afridi, Shoib malik, Kamran Akmal , Imran Farhat & Misbah he is the final nail in the Coffin, these players have been more dissappointing then Pakistan needs. PCB should be run by professional, Zaka Ashraf & the new Chief Najam Sethi is all there to make money these crooks have no experience in organising cricket please forgive Pak Cricket & resign for the betterment of the game. we the lovers of Pakistan's cricket are being hurt & again & again.

Azim Jun 29, 2013 08:04pm

Misbah is constantly defending the failed players. This can easily be translated as favoritism. Batsmen cannot score more than 30 runs and Misbah is saying " ... we can beat any side in the world"? This is a clear indication of grouping. We Pakistani don't mind batting is failing if players are selected on merit; please convey this message to Misbah.

raj Jun 29, 2013 08:11pm

Misbha has no other option,,,if he is not shamefull for loosing so badly than he dont deserve to be captain noo self respect tuk tuk....

Ali Jun 29, 2013 08:20pm

"Misbah wont mind changes". I won't mind prosecuting some of the players and the one's selected them.

XYZ Jun 30, 2013 09:55am

@atif dawood: You seem like a person who doesn't know anything about cricket. First understand the game and then comment who should be in and who should go out. Misbah is the only player that performs.

raj Jun 30, 2013 10:53am

@Imran A.: This was Mibah's battig that Pak lost in WC Semi Finals. He is only one who scores, because he selected wrong batsmen in his team. He must retire with honour now, otherwise he will no face at retirment. Most of Pak crickters are like politicians, who do not want to leave chair, inless kicked out.Afridi is the most danger and devasting batsman in the world Mr.Imran Tuk tuk are u memory loss so soon u forgotten Afridi single handedly won T20 world cup and also brought pak to semis in world cup Unlike Mr.Tuk tuk always makes his position safe by scoring 30+runs in 50+balls and dont care about other players whether they b in team or not/////

raj Jun 30, 2013 10:53am

Misbha is a safe player always defends his own position in the team by scoring 30 odd runs in 50+balls never care about other players nor his team whether they loss shamelessly....

Osman Jun 30, 2013 01:51pm

Lots of good cricketing comments here. While Razzak, Afridi, Misbah have all been great cricketers (we must appreciate them), they all need to retire from One-Day cricket and help rebuild a team for the futrue.

ODI Selection: Nasir Jamshed; Ahmed Shehzad; Hafeez (c); Umar Akmal (wk); Fawad Alam; Haris Sohail; Hamad Azam; Umar Gul; Saeed Ajmal; Junaid Khan; and M. Irfan. Reserves: Sohaib Maqsood; Asad Shafiq; M Rizwan (wk); Ehsan Adil; and Anwar Ali.

T20 Selection: Nasir Jamshed; Ahmed Shehzad; Hafeez (c); Umar Akmal (wk); Asad Shafiq; Haris Sohail; Afridi; Hamad Azam; Umar Gul; Saeed Ajmal; and Junaid Khan. Reserves: Sohaib Maqsood; M Rizwan (wk); Ehsan Adil; Wahab Riaz; and Raza Hasan.

raj Jun 30, 2013 05:41pm

@Osman:Hafeez and his bro tuk tuk are not fit for captainship dear Usman Hafeez looks young by age but with his mentality and standard he is 60+ he must also retire,...he can play good county cricket u can keep him in that group....