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Nasir Jamshed. -File photo by AFP
Nasir Jamshed. -File photo by AFP

KARACHI: Opener Nasir Jamshed and paceman Mohammad Irfan were left out from the Test squad announced on Tuesday for Pakistan's tour to Zimbabwe.

Khurram Manzoor was recalled to the Test squad in place of Jamshed , who managed just 51 runs in Pakistan's 3-0 whitewash against world number one Test team South Africa in the away series earlier this year.

27-year-old Manzoor was surprisingly dropped after scoring a brilliant 77 in the last of his seven Tests, against Australia in 2010. He failed to break into the national team despite scoring heavily in domestic matches.

Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal have been retained while Taufeeq Umar was left out.

Pakistan will open the tour with two Twenty20 internationals in Harare on August 23 and 24 before playing three one-day internationals on August 27, 29 and 31 -- all in Harare.

The first Test starts in Harare on September 3 while the second Test opens in Bulawayo on September 10.

Irfan, the tallest man ever to play international cricket at seven feet one inch, will be part of the one-day and Twenty20 teams but has been rested for the Tests in order to keep him fresh for the series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates later in the year.

All-rounder Anwar Ali is the only change in the one-day squad after, replacing Wahab Riaz. Suhaib Maqsood is also in the T20 squad along with Ali after a successful domestic season.

Wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal, younger brother of Kamran, also returned to the Test team after losing his place to Sarfraz Ahmed on the South Africa tour.

Kamran once again failed to make any of the squads, while Shoaib Malik was also ignored.

Former captain Moin Khan was appointed manager of the team after the resignation of Naveed Chema with Dav Whatmore leading the coaching staff.


Test squad: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor, Imran Farhat, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal , Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman

One-day squad: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Harris Sohail, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Abdul Rehman

Twenty20: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Umer Amin, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Harris Sohail


August 19 - Departure for Zimbabwe

August 23 - First Twenty20 at Harare

August 24 - Second Twenty20 at Harare

August 27 - First one-day international at Harare

August 29 - Second one-day international at Harare

August 31 - Third one-day international at Harare

Sept 1-5 - First Test at Harare

Sept 10-15 - Second Test at Bulawayo

Comments (88) Closed

Shan Ul Haque Aug 06, 2013 06:10pm

Oh no!!! ... Not again !!! Imran Farhat ... this cant be place of Taufeeq Umar .. Our country can never prosper until Mohammad Ilyas type of people are part of establishment.. Sethi Sahab you were suppose to be over looking it... Taufeeq before SA series was doing well with hafeez, I thought jamshed was selected in his place as he was not fit... Anwer Ali should have been in the test squad too. I can understand resting Irfan. Harris Sohail should have been given a chance at test level too. We should have given youngsters a chance to prove against a very weak side like zimbabwe.

Asim Aug 06, 2013 06:11pm

Can't believe they have brought back Imran Farhat & Faisal Iqbal in Tests! Dropped Hammad Azam!!!

AJ Aug 06, 2013 06:38pm

What a "shameful" act by these selectors, have no enough words to denounce inclusion of Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat. What are they trying to achieve here? Should these two be allowed to make some good scores against the minnows for having them on board for next 2 years again. Faisal Iqbal who has an average of 22 in tests and similar in ODI has played 50 international in 10 years but still the selectors try to find a player in him while prospects like Haris Sohail are left out. And then what is the reason behind leaving Mohammad Irfan out of the test team.

Shahid Aug 06, 2013 06:46pm

It is a naked corruption. They are are leaving Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Jamshed and Irfan out of the tests and theyFaisal Iqbal is back so that he can score some runs at last against the minnows. The man with the famous uncle has an batting average of only 22 in about 50 internationals and has been hanging on for 12 years while young talent like Fawad Alam is dicarded after a few matches even when with double as big a batting average then the nephews and son-in laws. Very shameful biased act of these selectors. PCB officials, including the chairmen are destroying cricket in pakistan.

zem Aug 06, 2013 06:48pm

S(hame)ame thing again!!!!!!!no razzaq,no fawad alam and again farhat faisal.not opponent team pak selectr they themselves beat their own team,till tday I can not find any relatives of gr8 Imran khan is playing !!!!!!

zahid Aug 06, 2013 06:50pm

The son-in-law takes the place of Taufiq Umar, the nephew takes the place of Umar Akmal, Talat Ali comes in for Mohammad Irfan. bravo what a choice. It is Pakistan and I love it.

Addu Aug 06, 2013 07:08pm

Why is Imran Farhat back in the squad??

Ali Aug 06, 2013 07:23pm

Imran Farhat got no shame. If I were Imran Farhat, I would refuse to play. Based on what Imran is selected, please clarify.

Rogers Evans Aug 06, 2013 07:42pm

It is good to see Younis Khan back. But why Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal ? Why not bring back Abdur Razzaq ?

Syed Wasim Ali Aug 06, 2013 07:51pm

Imran Farhat, again! ... Oh my! ... Only in Pakistan would we see such brazen act of defiance from the selection committee after multiple failed appearances by a player.

Hammad Azam needs to be given more time. He has the chops to succeed given a longer run in green colour.

And Faisal Iqbal? Seriously. Do we have the time to groom a 32 year old again who didn't produce until now?

Sorry India, we are no mood to give you stiff competition. Enjoy your ride to dominance in South Asia.

Ahmed Aug 06, 2013 08:08pm

What is Imran Farhat doing in this team ? If you needed someone it had to be Nasir Jamshed who has lot of promise. After all this hue and cry, someone would have to mighty braves as well as shameless to still pick Farhat. Apart from that its really disappointing that the report mentions "Kamran failed to make to any of the squads". Kamran not being in team is not a news items, its what it should have been 7 years ago.

ahmed Aug 06, 2013 08:33pm

Faisal Iqbal deserves a chance, but Imran Farhat inclusion is a joke.

Shamshad Nabi Aug 06, 2013 09:22pm

Imran Farhat's father in law isa senior officer of PCB . He thinks it is his duty to keep on including him intheTeam inspite of his failing to perform in the last four years . Imrann Farhat is specially keen about inclusion in theTeam for Zimbabwe . He thinks against this wreaker Team he can make some runs and establish himself for a few more years . Shame on PCB and on Sethi .

Shamshad Nabi Aug 06, 2013 09:43pm


Imran Farhat refuse to play ? You must be joking . He got his father in law to get him included in the Team once again .

sarmad Aug 06, 2013 10:04pm

@Asim: imran farhat must be kicked out he dont derserve the place they must in abdul razak ,imran nazir

Mirza Aug 06, 2013 10:15pm

Can't expect this under MOIN KHAN....he is risking his reputation by selecting players like Imran Farhat.....SHAME ON HIM and shame on Imran Farhat who has no excuse as to why he is not announcing retirement. He thinks he is going to score against Zimbabwae and become automatic selection for next four five tours, but we all should pray for his failure against cricketing minnows Zimbabwae......Such an unjustice with the hard working cricketing youth of our country.......Pathetic.....'share' pathetic

Amir Cheema Aug 06, 2013 10:19pm

The selectors are bunch of jokers. Shameless people. They don't care about national pride but keep promoting their relatives at the expense of country's honor and self respect. Imran farhat back in the team. When did he ever perform. Now if he scores some runs against weak side like Zimbabwe, he will stay in the team for another few years. Where is merit in Pakistan. Corrupt in every department, even in sports. Really sad.

Amir Cheema Aug 06, 2013 10:32pm

We need someone to clean up corruption and nepotism from sports. Cricket selection committee needs to be sacked. Who decided that Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal have performed enough to justify return to the team. No wonder Pakistan is one the most corrupt nation on earth. Where is accountability. Did we learn anything from shameless performance in South Africa where we lost 3-0 and did not even put up a fight. Is this Faisal Iqbal same player whose average in tests is 26.7 as batsman and 22.4 in ODIs and who is naphew of Javed Miandad.

Tansar Aug 06, 2013 10:38pm

He, of course you know who, is going to stay just like Shoib Malik stayed in the team. I think there is a big guy behind him.

Nadeem Mirza Aug 06, 2013 10:41pm

Mind boggling selection! It should have been other way around. Hafeez should have been dropped from TEST and Nasir should have been in there. Hafeez will never be a successfull TEST batsman because of the technical deficiencies. He is a flat track bully. Remeber how Dale Styne had his number. If he could speak few words of english it doesn't mean that he is an automatic choice. We have been on that route with Salman Butt also. Umar akmal deserved a chance in TEST also. He is one of the best youngsters with great potential. Lot better than the Hafeez and Imran Farhat, What a waste of talent! Now Hafeez and Imran Farhat will score centurys against minnows and cement their place again for another year. what a joke! Wahab Riaz over Irfan, seriously? Influence in selection and favouritism is ruining our cricket.

AJ Aug 06, 2013 10:44pm

@ahmed: Why does Faisal Iqbal desrve a chance. He has been getting chances for last 12 years and still after 50 international matches, his batting average stands at 22 which is more like an indian bowlers batting average. Why should we go on with these priviliged ones only because they have some uncle or father sitting at a high profile desk in PCB? Why not play Umar Akmal instead of him or include the future hope Haris Sohail who is been pushed to play T20 as No. 6 batsman which only needs to slog. I don't understand people who want these non starters to come again and again even after trying of a decade where as young players like Fawad Alam with double as much batting average are discarded after a couple of matches.

Anees Aug 06, 2013 10:55pm

Make 11 copies of " THE GREAT " Imran Farhat and play all of them. That will be the ALL TIME PKAISTAN XI.

Anees Aug 06, 2013 10:58pm

" ..The first Test starts in Harare on September 3 while the second Test opens in Bulawayo on September 10..." and then.. " ..Sept 1-5 - First Test at Harare.."

Which one is correct? Pathetic on your part.

kamran Aug 06, 2013 11:08pm

Can't believe Imran Farhat again included in test squad. Nasir would have been much better choice. Why Umar Akmal not included in Test as a specialist batsman. It is time for him to be part of the team in all format of the game. We are losing a top caliber batsman. Any time you can compare him with Virad Koli provided that he gets chance to play in test cricket. Instead of Adnan Akmal should have tried Mohamamd Rizwan as a wicket keeper. Also Ahamad Shahzad should be given chance at test level. Why selectors keeping talent from Test cricket

ali awan Aug 06, 2013 11:40pm

Don t this hopeless selection commitee has courage look for a serious talent against weaker side , Imran farhat is back and so is Faisal iqbal. It is not far pcb welcoming Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik back in the squad, Also bear in mind that Umar Akmal is keeping a safe passage for his brother return very soon

WeCare Aug 07, 2013 12:01am

Hammad Azam dropped without being given reasonable chances. And, Farhat is selected again after being given more than reasonable chances. And, we expect this Country to perform better - under these pathetic selection favors. What if Farhat makes some score against (Minnows) Zimbabwe then we would have bear with him for next two years. I feel sorry for Pakistan.

ishrat husain MDFACS Aug 07, 2013 01:07am

@ahmed: agree 500%

ishrat husain MDFACS Aug 07, 2013 01:09am

agree 500% why is imran farhat there.what a joke, its good to have a good father in law.

Mujtaba Aug 07, 2013 01:10am

Imran Farhat again? Give me a break! The bowling lacks bite as well, this might work against Zimbabwe, but good teams will shred this attack to pieces, remember, Ajmal has not been bowling well for the last 6 months.

Ahmed Aug 07, 2013 02:42am

ufff how many chance u gave to him [Imran Farhat] .... Why is Imran Farhat back in the squad??

IK Aug 07, 2013 03:12am

what is the reason behind dropping taufeeq umer? imran farhat ko team se nikaal tay nahin ho aur faisal iqbal to playing 11 mein khilatay nahin ho - WHY???

Akhtar Hassan Aug 07, 2013 03:20am

Mind boggling selection policy. Not a single new young talent is there in Test side. Many old, tried, tested, failed and 'sifarshi' players have made the cut. I wish we learn from our mistakes and take some leaves out of the Indian selection committee's book. Zimbabwe tour was the best platform to groom young cricketers.

Ghaffar Aug 07, 2013 03:32am

What Imran Farhat again!!

Ghaffar Aug 07, 2013 03:34am

@Asim: I think they are hoping when they turn 40 they will start performing like Misbah.

Abdulaziz Esani Aug 07, 2013 03:35am

With so much criticism from all on the inclusion of Farahat Imran and Faisal Iqbal: Chief Selector will do well to give his explanation through the press.

Abdulaziz Esani Aug 07, 2013 03:42am

with so much criticism on the inclusion if Farhan Imran and Faisal Iqbal Chief Selector will do well to give his reason.

Ghaffar Aug 07, 2013 04:05am

Imran farhat again! Very sad.

Bashir Mirza Aug 07, 2013 04:40am

Imran Farhat:(( Pls give us a break!!

Robin Aug 07, 2013 05:18am

I am a Indian and really felt bad for Jamshed and Irfan, they should be positive about it, surely. Jamshed should use this time on his fitness i think!! But huge blunder this from the selection!!

Ghulam Bajwa Aug 07, 2013 05:43am

Pakistan is one of the only few countries whose players despite repeated poor form , have no shame to retire. One may note that Adam Gilchrist announced his retirement , when he dropped a catch behind the stumps at age 36. Selectors are not behind either. Pakistan is also very famous to drop a player and next time the guy is nominated captain of the team. The only way to get rid of Imran is to send him with his father in a bout in Indian ocean without oars and food. His father was a useless test player. Like father like son. Instead of his selection selectors should have included a young and talented player. It is next to impossible to teach new tricks to an old horse.

rajray Aug 07, 2013 05:46am

@Syed Wasim Ali: my suggestion to Irfan is, if he ever feels unappreciated, for the price a bus ticket he can get right back on the world stage and out of the PCB's hands.

A cricket fan Aug 07, 2013 05:52am

@ahmed: Absolutely!!! When will they learn. Farhat's inclusion has always been politically motivated. His father inlaw has lot of influence in Pak cricket.

Singh Aug 07, 2013 06:11am

@Syed Wasim Ali: India isnt just dominating South Asia - we are dominating the whole cricket world - World Cup holders, and Champions trophy won outside the subcontinent!

awahab Aug 07, 2013 06:55am

We got S.Africa and then Sri-Lanka coming up later in this year instead giving chance to some new batsmen so they can have a feel of International cricket and be a little prepared against big teams PCB is sending two tried and tested and failed batsmen thank you PCB so pissed at you i think now the selector's jobs are safe.

MAK Aug 07, 2013 08:57am

I hope they just bench Imran Farhat for the two tests instead of selecting him in the playing eleven. He probably can perform as a good waterboy

Aamir Aziz Aug 07, 2013 09:50am

I understand the selection process is challenging but including Imran Farhat in the Test squad is not the way to go. Please include some young talent. Giving Mohammad Irfan a break from test is a good idea. He has played non stop cricket since December of last year. Fast bowlers need a break. Giving Anwar Ali an opportunity is an excellent idea!! What about Umar Gul (still injured?) and Abdul Razzak? Abdul Razzak is an amazing allrounder... forget about what happened, he apoligised and now lets move on. We need players like him for future of Pakistan, please consider taking him back in the side. As far as excluding Nasir Jamsed from Tests is a good idea (he needs the break) but his replacement should be younger players. I am glad Afridi and Umar Akmal are in the T-20 and ODI squad. They both did amazing in the West Indies series. They bring positive energy to the team which is what we need.

Aamir Aziz Aug 07, 2013 09:52am

I don't think Hafeez should be playing Test. A break would be good for him.

moiz Aug 07, 2013 10:09am

@Asim: not only hat , they dropped nasir jamshaid .. unbelieveable seriously

Fahad Aug 07, 2013 10:09am

They don't have a tiny bit of shame ! , Imran Farhat & Faisal Iqbal in Tests! Dropped Hammad Azam and Haris Sohail !

These selectors are not fit to perform selection !

Jasim Aug 07, 2013 10:20am

Faisal Iqbal is Javed Miandad's nephew and Imran Farhat is M. Ilyas' son-in-law.. aren't those good enough qualifications to be included in the team?? Congrats to PCB on once again wasting a golden opportunity to try youngsters and discover new talent... i wonder if they bothered to see how India went about their tour of Zimbabwe which they not only whitewashed, but also identified new young players to take over retiring old ones... But Pakistan cricket functions just like Pakistani bureaucracies...

Ahmed Aug 07, 2013 10:38am

Surely there is some high up pushing so that Imran Farhat scores a century against weakest of team Zimbabwe & then he will be in the team for next 2-3 yrs. For sake of cricket Pakistan , DROP Farhat & give a chance to a potentially good budding batsman.

Abdulaziz Aug 07, 2013 11:03am

Will Chief Selector explain why Farhat and Faisal are in the team.

M A Mujeeb Aug 07, 2013 11:04am

@AJ: The selectors want to give rest to Irfan so that he remains fresh for the forth coming South Africa/Pakistan series in the UAE.

optomist Aug 07, 2013 11:08am

The one good thing that came out after the CT disaster that we finally got rid of Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal. When the team for WI was announced we all took a sigh of relief and most people thou8ght this team will win all matches. But Imran Farhat is back again against the weak Zimbabwe. For sure he will score 30, 40 or 50 runs and become a permanent players leading up to the World Cup in 2015. I suggest that Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja should refuse to go to Zimbabwe as commentator to protest for inclusion of Imran Farhat. And will they ever consider Fawad Alam. Much better then most players in the team.

Imtiaz Hydari Aug 07, 2013 11:20am

Will our selectors never learn? What is their problem? Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal back into the side? This is a poor joke. What does Umar Akmal have to do to become a regular in all formats? He is fantastic talent but our blind selectors cannot see it!

Guest63 Aug 07, 2013 12:33pm

LOL We see the old dead racing horse Imran Farhat back in the side at the cost of a promising Young Naser Jamshed . The selectors must be congratulated on this Somersault ! The other day Big Irfan was reported to have uttered words which are against the PCB code of conduct " My aim is to break into the top 10 ranking of the bowlers ! " LOL , in comes the PCB rejoinder , man you are even fit to play test cricket Yar so why you even aim for a ranking !!! This is how talent is found and nurtured ( I mean in fact destroyed ) by the god fathers of the pakistan cricket , I can safely assume , had it not been the Foot pressure of towering Imran Khan , there would have been No Wasim Akram and No Waqar Younus going any where forward than playing one or 2 tests and then discarded as No Hope . All the selectors have not done is to bring back shoab Malik too but who knows , may be there will be a late call from the Captain TookTook , to send him in as an urgent reinforcement as an all rounder cos he will suit the zimbabwain pitches !!!!

Ossy Aug 07, 2013 12:35pm

GOOD DECISIONS: IN: Khurrum Manzoor; Ehsan Adil; Anwar Ali; Rahat Ali; Sohaib Maqsood. OUT: Wahab from ODI and T20s; Irfan from tests (we need to protect Irfan from getting injured and should not play him in longer format).

TERRIBLE DECISIONS: IN: Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal - what is going on here? OUT: Should have included Fawad Alam and Harris Sohail/Jamshed in test side. Hammad Azam left out of ODIs/T20s?

Cosmic Lion Aug 07, 2013 12:36pm

Does Imran Farhat has incriminating evidence against selectors? else i don't see any reason why he should be in the team and not Jamshed who has the potential.

Ashraf Usman Aug 07, 2013 12:54pm

It would have been better to include youngsters in the test team rather than giving yet another chance to Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal.

MUHAMMAD JUNAID MALIK Aug 07, 2013 01:03pm


Imran Aug 07, 2013 01:40pm

@ahmed: One name would not go away from pakistan team is the Imran FArhat!,,

Farjad Khan Aug 07, 2013 01:58pm

So Imran Farhat is recalled for a tour to zimbabwe. He would make runs against a weak side and would be guaranteed a spot for the next few tours. What crap is this......

Abdul Aug 07, 2013 02:20pm

PCB should have planned to send Pak A team to weak Zimbabwe team to test the bench strength rather than sending the Senior team and should have included young talented guys for this tour.

nasim khan Aug 07, 2013 03:11pm

i share the views of the unnumbered of people who expressed their unhappiness regard the selection of farhat & faisal, they both are behind the door selection, shame on PCB selectors, they should have tried some youngsters like haris likes

Effy Aug 07, 2013 03:28pm

Pak fans cant even protest, because it simple dictatorship by selecting son in law farhat and nephew Fiasal. I am not sure if a talented player like Sohaib Maqsood will get a chance because he is a copy of Inzimam and he also bowls good off spin so Hafeez wont select him in T20 because he can take his place.

Effy Aug 07, 2013 03:29pm

what about Sharjeel Khan, he is the next Sehwag, how come he is not given a chance and this son in law Farhat is given a million chances ?

pct Aug 07, 2013 04:07pm

@AJ: Mohammad Irfan is left out because of his fitness..he can play limited overs cricket very well so i think so its a pretty good ides to save him for them

arfan Aug 07, 2013 04:11pm

why once again pakistwhy can not they leave the winning team,ifthey losethe matches they will blabe the new players for not scoring,porr players never have any chance to play before. So please stiop changing the players,give thenm a chance to preform.Learn from indian team.

Bashir Mirza Aug 07, 2013 04:28pm

We are pathetic....just look at Indian team which toured Zimb recently. They selected youngsters to give them an opportunity, and now they have an excellent set of players on the bench...ready to come in when needed. When will we learn??? I appeal to the patron of the PCB to intervene,and get Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal dropped from all formats.

Cassim Aug 07, 2013 04:52pm

Imran Farhat & Faisal Iqbal are the worst players in the history of Pakistan Cricket, they are always in the team because of Mohammad Ilyas and Javed Miandad.I have never seen Javed Miandad supporting any other crickter from the Karachi region other than his nephew faisal. Shame on PCB, Shame on Mohammad Ilyas , Shame on Javed Miandad. One should learn from BCCI, how they are supporting new talent on the basis of Merit.

anwar khushab Aug 07, 2013 06:57pm

Imran Farhat's inclusion shows the stupidity of this selection committee.

ali Aug 07, 2013 07:46pm

Resting jamsged and irfan against Zimbabwe is a good idea if and only we try new players not Imran farhat. I see a ploy here. The safarishi is brought against Zimbabwe thinking he can perform and get a spot for a year.

Sami Aug 07, 2013 07:52pm

Test and ODI squads need to be alike. At the most only one change needed in the two squads. In test matches batsmen get good practice to stay on the wicket and improvise their shots. And when it comes to ODI match the test match experience helps the same batsmen to stay on the wicket and play full 50 overs with respectable score. Look at India, Srilanka, England always keeping their specialist batsmen in both formats. Sadly for Pakistan non of the top Nasir, Shahzad and Umer Akmal ODI batsmen are included in TEST squad. But none the less they will be blamed when Pak team scores 170 odd runs in ODI game.....

Dickie Bird Aug 07, 2013 07:57pm

Shame shame Pakistani selectors and board. Tour was an ideal oppurtunity for young promising players like Umar Akmal Amin and Harsi Sohail (who averages 50 plus in First class cricket) for the sake of batsmen like Imran Farhat (whose father in law is a selector) and Faisal Iqbal ( who is nephew of Javed Miandad ) who have had so many oppurtunities and still they have mediocrity to show for it. Faisal averages 26 (after 26 Tests) and Imran averages 32 (after 40 Tests) . Even if they scores 100's in Zimbabwe will not mean anything. Had a youngster got experience he would served Pakistan Cricket more and been groomed to play against tougher teams like England or Australia. Sad and selfish selections.

Iqtadar Aug 07, 2013 09:43pm

Faisal and Farhat had their fair share. Please get them off the 50 players list.

Ali Aug 07, 2013 09:46pm

@Singh: Mr. Singh-India team is exemplary but with all due to respect, they are not top t20 in the world. Even Pakistan is ahead in the t20 ranking

Pak Cric Fan Aug 07, 2013 10:14pm

Imran Farhat is becoming the most hated Pakistani crickter. I thought South Africa was the last of Imran Farhat we would ever see. But here we go again; he has been given a another chance to bring up his batting average against a weaker side. I have never seen so much outrage against any other player in the recent history. And rightly so!

I would really like to know what criteria/stats are being used to determine batting line-up. I am pretty sure there are many batsmen with a better batting average in domestic cricket. Or may be senior players are not stepping up to open the innings. Great players like Sachin, Mahela, Sangakkara have all stepped up in the past and openend the innings for their team and moved up and down the order. Why can't Pakistani players do the same.

I am just really confused by the selectors decision to include Imran after so much backlash at the end of South African tour. Selector need to set precendence that if you don't perform you need to take a break and prove yourself before getting anothe chance.

Anwaar Aug 07, 2013 10:34pm

Pakistani cricket, one of the many manifestations of things that are wrong with our country. This was bound to happen. Sifarishi XI. Cannot wait to watch Imran Farhat fail miserably even against Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, even then, our selectors will turn a blind eye to that.

Sanjay Aug 08, 2013 01:05am

@Singh: If you think cricket is all about ODI's and only ODI's.

Sarah Aug 08, 2013 07:45am

Pakistan should bring back Taufeeq Umar and Umar Akmal in place of Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal in Test squad.Very poor move and poor thinking of Pakistan selectors.

Imran Aug 08, 2013 09:05am

Joke, Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal back in team,

Zack Aug 08, 2013 09:12am

Ha ha ha. Congratulation selectors, you have done good job by not allowing Pakistan to waste talents. The million time tested are back again. At least let us know who is heading this selection committee. The selection committee head in not clear yet, so we know who is the real joker behind selecting Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal. If Javad Miandad is behind all this, he is no more a good person for me.

Kamran Sabir Aug 08, 2013 09:52am

Team selection makes you think that whoever is in charge of this process is either not wise enough for this responsibility, or there is something else at play - cricketing sense is clearly not at play.

Umar Akmal and Nasir Jamshed must be included in all formats of the game if they are to be developed further as world class players. It is rubbish to think that these two will acquire a better temperament just by playing domestic cricket. Looking at the talent, you clearly see these two as frontline batsmen in the side with Jamshed being a regular opener and Umar at number three or four.

Zahid Aug 08, 2013 09:59am

I felt the team selection for WI was best and on Merit, I wish we could have continued with the same players, minus Wahab Riaz. Also what did Imran Farhat do to be back ? Most importantly why Rizwan (wicketkeeper) has been dropped without given a chance to play in a single match and now Adnan Akmal is back... confused.....

iqbal Aug 08, 2013 11:47am

This is last chance for younus khan to make more than 300 runs. Nothing else will be more exciting.

surtee Aug 08, 2013 12:18pm

I always taught that Salim Jaffer is an honest selector but this time he amazed all cricket lover by selecting Imran Farhat.If Imran Farhat have an iota of honesty and love for country he must withdraw from the tour by himself.Tuk tuk baba must be happy that his yes men are back in team.for the sake of cricket and its survival in Pakistan hopes that Zimbabwe beat us in this tour especially in test match.

pct Aug 08, 2013 08:01pm

@Anwaar: please don't call all players SIFARSHI

PakFan Aug 10, 2013 01:54am

What happened to Umar Akmal, Ahamad Shahzad and Nasir that Farhat and Iqbal called back. If selectors take one step forward they make sure to take two steps back to keep the tradition going. Playing test matches would have been a great opportunity for young Umar Akmal, Ahamad Shahzad and Nasir to build their confidence , temperament and get ready for world cup ODI squad.