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End of the line for Ahmed Shehzad?

Updated Feb 01, 2016 07:10pm


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Despite their off-field camaraderie, T20 captain Shahid Afridi recently said Shehzad really needed to 'prove his worth'. — AFP
Despite their off-field camaraderie, T20 captain Shahid Afridi recently said Shehzad really needed to 'prove his worth'. — AFP

As India’s Virat Kohli rises to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 batting rankings, Ahmed Shehzad, who was dubbed as his ‘Pakistani version’ by many, continues his long run of poor form.

His last five outings making a terrible reading: 12, 13, 8, 9, 16, so much so that former captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram said the batsman along with Sohaib Maqsood “have disappointed the nation a lot”.

In an apparent jibe at Shehzad’s advocates, Akram said the player “cannot be selected just on the basis of the talent” while deserving players on the domestic circuit sat on the bench.

Shehzad bears an uncanny resemblance to Kohli and even remodelled his game to look technically correct.

But that is where the comparisons should end. Kohli’s backed his swagger with solid numbers and averages 51 runs per ODI.

Back in 2009, when Shehzad made his international debut, he was one of the most highly-rated finds of Pakistan’s domestic circuit.

The right-hander made his first class debut in January 2007 and in March 2008 he was representing the Pakistan U-19s in the World Cup.

Thrashing opponent bowlers all around the ground was Shehzad’s forte as he piled runs against the likes of Australia and England in youth matches.

Consistent performances earned him an ODI cap in 2009 but in 71 ODIs, Shehzad averages just 33 runs per match and has bagged only six hundreds.

In the T20 format, despite being the only Pakistan batsman to have scored a century, the right-hander has struggled to emerge as a reliable player at the top of the Pakistan batting line.

Before the series against New Zealand, Shehzad was all-praise for the New Zealand brand of cricket. “They’re playing without any fear. There are no issues with their places. They're shuffling their players,” he said.

The 24-year-old too was once a fearless batsman, before something went wrong between the ears. Former captain Aamir Sohail put it aptly.

“There is no pressure on Shehzad – or for that matter on Sohaib Maqsood as well. They both know that if they play a bad stroke or fall cheaply, they may be dropped for one game or series but they will be back again without making any effort to improve their skills or rectifying their problems. They know that they are indispensable and if that is the case, why would they work hard to fix their issues?” Sohail wrote in columns for Pakpassion.

Sohail then took it step further and turned the heat completely on the young batsman.

“If you analyse Ahmed Shehzad’s batting style, you see nothing in his game apart from a series of ugly cross-batted hoicks which can only get you so far.”

But the real problem may lie in coaches attempting to transform Shehzad into a ‘proper’ batsman. Perhaps, he is just a ‘cross-batter slogger’ and he was pretty successful when he was doing just that as his some of his early international knocks show.

Time is, however, running out for the batsman and perhaps Pakistan too should decide what they want out of their ‘Kohli’. Pakistan fans should also make up their minds on who their ‘Kohli’ really is. Shehzad or Umar Akmal? Both have failed, unfortunately.

Despite their off-field camaraderie, T20 captain Shahid Afridi recently said Shehzad really needed to ‘prove his worth’.

As Pakistan prepare to name their World T20 squad, Afridi will be a brave captain to back the young star for a place in the lineup.

Shehzad was a fearless batsman once


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adil Feb 01, 2016 05:44pm

He is most useless sports man in the current Pakistani team. He is good for only selfies.

Karachite Feb 01, 2016 05:45pm

He has never looked the same after Corey Anderson fractured his skull with a bouncer in the UAE.

no comments Feb 01, 2016 05:48pm

@adil i agree mate

Owais Feb 01, 2016 05:55pm

The main problem with Pakistani Cricketers is that we make them heros before they have given any credible consistent performance and that ends their journey for improvement, they start feeling themselves super-hero. This goes perfectly right for Ahmed Shahzad and Sohaib Maqsood....We don't find the consistency of Miandad, Yousuf, Inzimam, Wasim, Waqar in anyone from the recent past lots !

SMALL TWEET Feb 01, 2016 05:59pm

@Owais i agree

Ammar Awais Feb 01, 2016 06:01pm

Shahzad has been very disappointing. But then there is not a single t20 player in Pakistan who can be deemed reliable. Malik has again shown some consistency and Babar Azam has shown promise. Other than those, the future looks very bleak.

Rahul Feb 01, 2016 06:01pm

In what universe is Ahmed Shahzad any where close to Virat?

Asgher Ali Feb 01, 2016 06:04pm

Shahzad is suffering from the same disease as most of our cricketers do except that in his case it is a bit more severe. Egotism! These youngsters play a game or two extremely well, they get attention and they think they have the world at their feet. Why do the coaches instill a bit of humility also and tell these valuable national assets that each game they played should be played as their first game and they are trying to win the people.

Mustafa Feb 01, 2016 06:05pm

There is serious attitude problem with young cricketers. They don't want to learn and improve. They only performed during their initial matches, and once the other teams find their weaknesses they are gone. If you see players like Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Maqsood, Afridi, and other new comers, none of them improved themselves. Even after playing hundreds of matches they are getting out the same way they got out in their first match.

Sunny Feb 01, 2016 06:14pm

Mediocre batman. Can only score big against the likes of Zimbabwe/Bangladesh. We need proper batsmen, it's about time!

No more hoo-hah players like Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shahzad, Sohaib Maqsood.. please!

asgher Feb 01, 2016 06:16pm

rifatullah mohmand babar azam rizwan fawad alam

Give these people chance and replace Sohaib Maqsood

sid Feb 01, 2016 06:17pm

He maybe compared with Kohli if Kohli plays with his eyes closed :)

Talha Feb 01, 2016 06:24pm

Filled with talent; but there is no use until he learns to apply it.

Kabeer Feb 01, 2016 06:25pm

After so many years and so many chances Shahzad Ahmed did not show any improvement he is a failed batsman he is not the one whom Pakistan team can rely

Greetings Feb 01, 2016 06:26pm

Kohli: 33 T20 innings. Avg 50, Strike Rate 136. Now look at Ahmed Shahzad : 40 innings, Avg 24, Strike Rate 115 ..... Is there any comparison. This difference is even more in ODIs. People look blind otherwise how can you compare "bottom with the top" .... for GOD sake, come to reality and come out of this "hidden talent" assumptions

Majid Ali Feb 01, 2016 06:35pm

Shahzad is not the only one who is responsible for fall of the team. You have incapable coach....not a single good winner batsmen in the team ...Pakistani team need to bring new talent in the team all these players should replaced by youngsters .. Azhar Ali, Malik, Shoaib, Shahzad, Ummar Akmal, Hafiz....even Malik got so many chances but if you look he is not able to perform in pressure ... Pakistan team need improvement before it is tool late otherwise I do not see any different future then Pakistan Hockey they are down towards fall ....

daada Feb 01, 2016 06:37pm

Selfie players like shehzad and akmal must go in order for team Pak to move forward and see some success in their formula.

Saad Feb 01, 2016 06:40pm

Selfie Shehzad is a talent on paper only. He does not deserve a spot. Feb 01, 2016 06:42pm

Bring in Sami Aslam. He is one for the future. Why has he not been selected since the Bangladesh series cannot be explained. Select him and give him a run of 15-20 games.

ashraf TO Feb 01, 2016 06:46pm

You can teach people new skills but attitudes are hard to mend. It is your attitude that determines your destiny.

Where are we? Feb 01, 2016 06:47pm

Shehzad is simply stupid and Sohaib is the one with no motivation. We all once thought Sohaib is the future but he needs to wake up in the field.

Murtaza Rizvi Feb 01, 2016 06:50pm

Dear Mr Mir, Shahzad with 71 ODI average 33, last five inning terrible : 12, 13, 8, 9, 16, unfortunately he is senior most young player, but his attitude shows immature, rough, misbehave, which become like mad, before he showing himself V. Kohli, 2 cars, bungalow, villas which without any struggle he become rich, his mind made above everything and forgetting his cricket & talent, rises & fall came out soon, he is suppose to Captain after Misbah, but management decided to dig out under stone in a night bought Azhar who was not ODI player or captain, result is in front of us shameful defeat. Now Shazad need to drop for 2 yrs he is worth less and useless in NZ, Shahzad is not even carbon copy of Kohli. If he not drop for Asia cup & w/c t20 event, than it is difficult for Pak team to survive in this event, as his mentor Afridi said. I have seen he fight in the field with SL, dropping will bring him knowledge & form. Unfortunately he is not hero, treating himself Super Hero which NOT.

Adnan Anwar Feb 01, 2016 06:54pm

give a chance to Fawad Alam, for God sake

The Outsider Feb 01, 2016 06:57pm

Shezad seems to be regressing but the question is who else can play in lieu of him? They've tried the like of Sharjeel, Big Jamshed, etc and all have been much worse. So I agree its maybe soon time to throw in the towel on Shezad but who is to take his place? I would like to see Mukhtar Ahmed groomed properly, he has the confidence and technique. Finally Shezad does indeed seem under pressure and overly cautious. Every time he plays you can feel his departure is imminent. No authority in his shots or confidence.

J. Yam Feb 01, 2016 07:03pm

@Rahul He is no wherever close to Kohli. Don't understand why people compare him to kohli. V. Kohli is much better batsman.

Mehboob Warsi Feb 01, 2016 07:04pm

Ahmad Shahazad totally does not deserve to be member of team, but his buddy Shahid Afridi selected this non-performer, PCB have to look into the matter, figures of Shahazad which compare to Kohli are as Kohli: 33 T20 innings. Avg 50, Strike Rate 136. Now look at Ahmed Shahzad : 40 innings, Avg 24, Strike Rate 115. Will chief Haroon is sleeping, did Shahzad have strong PIRCHI, why he selected after so many failed innings.

Abdulla Hussain Feb 01, 2016 07:06pm

I don't think he is a performing player, some time he will play fine but most of the time he fails, not a reliable player at all.

Rafiq Paracha Qatar Feb 01, 2016 07:08pm

Is Shahzad is cricketer or actor (selfie) master, or relative of PCB Chairman Sharyar or Chief Selector relative ? why so many chances give ?

Asim ali farooqui Feb 01, 2016 07:15pm

The Group of Shahid Afridi including Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Maqsood, Afridi, Shohaib Malik all r failed players ON / OFF no reliable players, playing for self. Will these players will play in Asian Cups & T20 W/cups 2016. Selectors / Coach are to be changed.

Khurram Jadoon Feb 01, 2016 07:17pm

@sid still not comparable - once Ahmed's bat is stuck it's stuck for rest of the inning - cannot play balls on merit - can hit anything but at the same time would not be able to take single on full tosses, and get really tired after making 20-30s. Whereas Kohli, an excellent batsman, always plays shot on merit and his bat never get stuck. Kohli always look fresh even after hitting 100% - not many players have this kind of stamina. Really love to see him play and wish more players like him to come.

lafanga Feb 01, 2016 07:20pm

From Hero to Zero to Hero and back to Zero. Story of emotionally charged sub-continent cricket.

Waseem Sarwar Feb 01, 2016 07:27pm

@asgher , I hope you did saw how RiffatUllah played in T20 series against England? He was easily found out and looked very very limited player. I hope we promote younger lot from domestic but recalling people like Fawad and Riffatullah isn't answer.

Indian Feb 01, 2016 07:27pm

Shehzad is a good player but seems he needs some rest and he should go back to domestic cricket to get his confidence and form.

Saima Khan Feb 01, 2016 07:29pm

Please do not limited to Ahmed Shezad, Waqar and Mushi must go. Azhar ali only good for test and no more captainship from him. Appoint Sarfraz Ahmed Captain immediately for all formats.

dawn Feb 01, 2016 07:32pm

Sohail Maqsood has been even a greater disappointment.

Saima Khan Feb 01, 2016 07:34pm

@Ammar Awais

Again you are short sighted , just seeing players from PUNJAB. Fawad Alam had been ignored from long time. He was the top scorer in 2014, 77.7 average but he was omitted from world cup squad. In last domestic T20 , top 5 batsman from Karachi but no one got the chance. or if they get chance , will get two or three matc and will kick out very quickly. Khurrum Manzoor, Sharjeel Khan (Hydreabad), Shahzeb Hasan, Khalid Latif, Akbar ur Rehman are top players of current cricketers. How we are treating Sarfraz Ahmed is not fair, he should open in T20 and number in one day. Best batsman in the current team

aryan Feb 01, 2016 07:35pm

I am really impressed with babar azam..he far better a talent then this guy called shezad..comparing to kohli is actually defaming kohli's accomplishments..i liked babar azam"s innings in 3rd odi..very good prospect..

Luqman Hafeez Feb 01, 2016 07:49pm

The current lot of Pakistani cricketers is not even a fraction of as talented as they are lucky for being in the national side. They play for the country not because they talented enough to represent their country, but only because there are no suitable alternatives available. On balance, they are hardly good enough for club-level cricket.

Yash Feb 01, 2016 07:51pm

@Owais you are absolutely right man!! I have seen resent Pakistani cricketers have great thrust to become heroes too early. They remain in competition with their colleagues for this reason!!

Imran A. Feb 01, 2016 08:03pm

I think Misbah should be the filler batsman until we get a solid one. Misbah can easily get 50 runs in 50 balls.

Jay Feb 01, 2016 08:03pm

In my opinion, some players can not take pressure, they get nervous in a big crowd or when given a target etc. This is the case with Shehzad.
The coaches and selectors must give chance to more and more new and young players. Babar Azam seems like a confident player, among the youngsters. Good pening batsmen are always hard to find but not impossible. After the find, they must know that only continuous hard work and improvisation will be needed for a successful career.

Robina Lakhani Feb 01, 2016 08:05pm

Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal don't have class, talent and consistency that's is needed at top international cricket. They both needed to drop in future game for 3 years and asked to show performance in domestics.

Mo Rashid Feb 01, 2016 08:07pm

I agree SHAZAD has not been the same since he went off injured after scoring a big humdred in UAE. Worse thing is he does not value his wicket he hardly shows any disappointed after losing his wicket and I I think it's unfair only targeting him and Maqsood Azhar Ali Rizwan Malik umar Akmal Wahab what have these players done to merit their place in the side and how sad is it when hit and miss Hafeez is our best bat I cannot think of anyone else currently in world cricket who get to 50 and 60 'give catching practice to the opposition how many games have pakistan lost from being in winning position with his and Akmals shot selection all in all the problem is more deep rooted Grant Flower mushtaq Ahmed Waqar younis surely they must have a lot answer for they have destroyed pakistan bats men's flair and aggression from one of the best sides to the worst

shehzad Feb 01, 2016 08:09pm

I think Akmal brothers can earn the accolade of being worse than Ahmed Shahzad.

The selectors dont get it. Hard work trumps talent anytime.

Amjad Ali Feb 01, 2016 08:34pm

same kind of online YES/NO survey may please be arranged about Umar Akmal as well.... thanks Dawn.

Qasim Feb 01, 2016 08:45pm

Shahzad definitely needs to take a lions share of the blame for his declining performances. But I think there is a general trend in Pak team falling short in every department of the game - bowling, fielding and batting. This points to coaching and motivating players by giving them confidence. Waqar as a head coach is not suitable because he only brings expertise in the bowling side. He can't coach batsmen nor can motivate the team to play at a higher level. Let's start with finding a coach (Rashid Lateef, Mohsin Khan or anyone else) and replace Waqar as soon as possible.

Masood Reza Feb 01, 2016 09:11pm

What about selectors who are selecting, given chance to Shahzad and making him Hero the result is ZERO, similar new Shohaib Maqsood another favor players. this SIFARSI players of PCB given rest for future cricket.

Ahmer Feb 01, 2016 09:27pm

He doesn't look like Kohli from any angle. Maybe to himself only.

WASI QURESHI Feb 01, 2016 09:31pm

How on earth Shahzad can be compared with Kohli.. I am die hard fan of Pakistan cricket team but at the same time I have a lot of respect for Kohli. For GOD sake Shahzad is no way near in the comparison.

Mindset Feb 01, 2016 09:35pm

Key is mindset to stay on wicket longest possible but all Pak players all the time seems to be in hurry or rush!

RAZA ULLAH Feb 01, 2016 09:36pm

It is so sad that Pakistan has been unable to produce one or two world class batsmen in the last 10 years. Shehzad, to me at least, looks disinterested and kind of lethargic at the crease thinking he will be back because Pakistan needs him. Wrong thinking Shezad Sahib. If I was PCB, I would have never taken you in the first place. Let us face it a new opener cannot do any worse than Shezad. So why not be gritty and take a chance on upcoming boys. Now who in his or her (unfortunately it is always his in Pak cricket) mind would pick up Sohail Sahib. He does not even know the fundamentals of cricket. Please give me impressive results not talents. Finally, if we cannot produce 16 class players from 190 million people then there is something inherently wrong with the cricketing structure in Pakistan.

education Feb 01, 2016 09:51pm

Totally useless player PLEASE replace with someone else is Abdul Razzaq still around?

Jazzy Feb 01, 2016 09:55pm

Pak team is not good enough to win any matches.They are on a slippery slope like everything else in Pakistan.

Imran Khan Feb 01, 2016 10:04pm

most useless player

Farooq Feb 01, 2016 10:22pm

imran farhat made comeback 16 times same goes for sami

so i think shehzad is way behind in list till afridi doesnt retire, shehzad is in team

sandeep Feb 01, 2016 10:23pm

Can any of the pak fans tell me one thing??Y most peole call shahzad an aggressive and attacking batsman when his strike rate is 72 which is actually worst in the world for an opener???I dont see people calling Amla as aggresive batsman but his strike rate is 90..

AXH Feb 01, 2016 10:27pm

First, there is no uncanny resemblance between AS and VK. Secondly, Shahzad seriously lacks proper footwork. However, if this is how he succeeded before coming to the international scene then he should have been left alone to play his style and not tried to be remodeled to play "proper" cricket. This is what PCB and our Pakistani coaches do not get.

ak Feb 01, 2016 10:35pm

whatever people say, I still believe he should be persisted with in tests. And get Salman back.

Farrukh Feb 01, 2016 10:51pm

@ Owais I agree.

Dev Feb 01, 2016 10:58pm

The big difference which I see between Shehzad and Kohli apart from the averages is that Kohli is improving all the time since he came into the Indian team. This can be attributed to his fierce desire to improve. Additionally he got tremendous support, guidance and mentoring from some the stalwarts of the game with whom he played, like Sachin Tendulkar. I am not sure why the younger players in the Pakistan team did not learn or improve by seeing the likes of Misbah or Yunis Khan. Although they may not be the ideal batsmen for shorter formats (although Misbah was), still the younger generation could have learnt how to overcome temperamental and technical issues in their batting.

Ishrat Ansari Feb 01, 2016 11:19pm

What difference will his exit make? We will have another non performer in his place. Now there is talk of getting back the world record holder of straight forward dropped catches by a wicket keeper in the whole history of world cricket: Kamran Akmal. Not only is he tainted by alleged betting allegations but he has no place if the team is selected on merit. Talking of merit where is match winning player like Fawad Alam and when will Waqar stop playing psychological games with strike bowler Anwar Ali? Is their any example anywhere when a bowler is dropped for being in devastating form as Anwar Ali demonstrated in the second ODI in New Zealand and left out of the final
ODI? Is their no accountability whatsoever?

Afzal Mir Feb 01, 2016 11:22pm

Just dump both of them.

Shuja Pakhliwal Feb 01, 2016 11:32pm

I put the entire blame on the coach for not being able to correct the technique and nourish the talent of the players. Also Azhar Ali doesn't even justify his place in the current ODI team irrespective of him being a great find for test cricket leave apart leading the team.

Change the coach and bring in someone who can ignite the sense of aggressiveness in this unit and correct their technique. I would recommend someone like Justin Langer, Michael Hussey or even Graham Thrope if they are ready to coach this team.

Change the captain and give the reins to Shoaib Malik and the management needs to back him and the coach. He is one of the most senior players and he can captain the team till the next big event.

The batting order should be like this.

1) Sarfaraz Ahmad (Wk) 2) M Hafeez 3) Umar Akmal 4) Babar Azam 5) Shoaib Malik(*) 6) H Sohail 7) M Rizwan 8) Imad Wasim 9) Mohammad Amir 10) Junaid Khan 11) M Irfan 12) Sadaf Hussain 13) Sami Aslam 14) Naumaan Anwar 15) Aamir Yameen

zahid Feb 01, 2016 11:39pm

SHAHZAD has two Big problems:

  1. No-Foot work
  2. No Temperament.

He is not a true Cricketer.

yousapzai Feb 01, 2016 11:39pm

Dawn should arrange similar online poll for Azhar Ali whom people love to hate but why him.

ENGR OSMAN Feb 01, 2016 11:40pm

Hammad Azam, Shan Masood and Haris Sohail need to be in the team permanently! They are the future back-bone of the team, PCB please stop messing it up and appoint Hammad or Shan as captain as Azhar cannot take so much load and needs to focus on his batting!

usman Feb 01, 2016 11:57pm

Ahmed shahzad is one of the talented player in pakistan team. he plays well in PSL and his performance in the next t20 worldcup is quite different. And the Shahid Afridi is one of the best captain, pakistan can find. In the comming psl you will see an amazing performance by the team.You can watch PSL t20 live here .When it starts. Pakistan Performance will improve highly in the comming T20 Worldcup due to PSL. Afridi will play a major role in the next T20 Worldcup.

M. Baluch Feb 01, 2016 11:58pm

@Karachite good memory - you are absolutely right! Same thing happened to Amla, when he took a vicious knock to the head from Mitchell Johnson on a lively South African pitch - and he has never been the same batsman since, tending to stay leg side of all fast deliveries.

Asma Feb 02, 2016 12:08am

He is afridi's "favorite" he will be in T20 world cup squad .

Asma Feb 02, 2016 12:10am

Please let Shezad go and let Sarfarz ahmad open. Coach and captain are setting sarfarz up for failure by brining him at #5 or 6. He is an inning builder. Not a big hitter

Umair Khalid Feb 02, 2016 12:22am

'Overconfidence' has led to the downfall of players like Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood! All of them have talent but wasted it by trying to imitate the king of inconsistent players, mr Afridi! They want to hit every ball for four or six. look at the Newzealand captain, he maintains a high strike rate just by hitting 4's and rotating the strike.

Umair Khalid Feb 02, 2016 12:23am

Bring Misbah back for T20 worldcup, he is better than many of the batsmen currently in the team.

Zak Feb 02, 2016 12:41am

Ahmad Shazad is better than kohli. PCB politics is what hampers our players. He should be in all next matches.

trueguy Feb 02, 2016 12:42am

Ahmed Shahzad is total failure, as long as PCB will compromise on discipline, players will disgrace our beloved country. Favouritism at its best in PCB. Chairman PCB os too old to handle all these matters

Kala Ingrez - کالا انگریز - काला अंग्रेज - কালো ইংরাজি Feb 02, 2016 12:45am

Its time to fire them all including the coaches, the management and the critics like Akram and other useless mouths. Pakistani cricket need new blood and its time to offer citizenship to many Bangladeshi cricketers to migrate and help revive cricket in Pakistan.

Moosa M Feb 02, 2016 12:47am

He has no foot workat all. How you can even recognize him as a reliable batsman and compare him to Kohli? Shahid Afridi should also not be considered for T20 championship. After losing the world cup games which can easily be fore casted now , he will blame, as usual, every thing to poor luck and lack of performance of other players except him.

Nihari Lal 007 Feb 02, 2016 01:04am

I don't agree. It's unfair. Our team generally requires a score of just 30 for any batsman to be be the highest scorer in the team. I have no doubt in my mind that if given more chances, he can score consistently in 20s.

Nihari Lal 007 Feb 02, 2016 01:09am

That is a huge loss! PCB has been trying to get more look alikes of famous players in the team. Heard we finally found look alikes of Dhawan and Dhoni as well.. and now Shehzad leaves!! Looking alike is the closest we were going to get to a batting talent..

Muhammad Arif Feb 02, 2016 01:19am

It is pathetic to say the least that ace player Sarfraz is put so low down the order, while Parchi people who do not even score are on top of the order.

Parchi people and their helpers know by depriving good players of deserving spot, they can jsutify that Sarfraz or some other kid who is talented is not scoring. Of course they are not scoring because they either do not get the batting or they get only couple of overs at a time when boat already has holes and can not sail. It is a shame that guys like Irfan got in the game so late at best he can play 2 years.

You want to fix the team fix parchi syste, and never allow one of the Akmal brothers in the team.

Hyder Feb 02, 2016 01:40am


Rahul Dravid is coaching young Indian batsmen whereas Wasim Akram has been only speaking on the media.

Ahmed Shahzad and Umar Akmal will be selected as long as the nepotism will prevail in Pakistan cricket board selection committee.

Cricket is following footsteps of hockey in Pakistan towards total failure!!!


syed Feb 02, 2016 01:42am

Why they are wasting Fawad Alam ?

Awais Feb 02, 2016 02:27am

The problem lies in the domestic cricket structure, batsmen are never taught the right batting technique when they are young. They become mentally programmed to play with a faulty technique and it works for them against substandard domestic bowling and placid wickets. They get selected based on their domestic performances and sometimes are able to perform in a few games at the international level. Thier faults are quickly picked up by oppositions and they are basically done for. Moreover, any attempt by the coaching staff to remove their deficiencies is met with resistance due to their egoes or it is just too late as they cannot remove the flaws after years of playing like that. Either don't select a technically deficient player or let them play with their natural style if you have selected them.

arshad Feb 02, 2016 02:59am

with no time left who have not only shazad as one failure, we have wahab rizwan,and sarfraz as well......I think we may have to select Kamran Akmal as opner with Hafeez followed by malik, babar azam, kamran akmal, Imad waseem, Muhammad nawaz, afridi, Aamir, irfan, Wahab but give proper dose to Imad and Wahab before they get selected. Also Mr Aamir your bowling is ok but where has your batting gone?

Salman Feb 02, 2016 03:00am

Well, frankly no comparison there. Virat Kohli is a legend and Ahmed Shahzad is just an ordinary player.

Salman Feb 02, 2016 03:01am

@Mustafa Shoaib Malik is another disappointment.

Imran Suhail Feb 02, 2016 03:17am

You cannot compare Ahmed Shehzad a flop sportsman, to a Classy player Virat Kohli.

Rashid Feb 02, 2016 03:40am

@Rahul Couldn't agree more. There is no comparison, Kohli is a real deal vs Shehzad who is just a hype made up of people who desperately looking for someone who can just bat and play elegantly at the international level. I have to admit we as a nation running out of talent. But Alas we are not ready to accept the facts.

Dr faizan Feb 02, 2016 04:01am

Get him away from afridi and maybe there is hope otherwise we will have the selfie queens for long time.

Rehma Khan Feb 02, 2016 04:47am

@syed Because he is from Azizabad. He has to move lahore first and join PML N as shoaib Malik did.

Pakistani Feb 02, 2016 05:07am

Why does he copy Khoi, play your game to your strengths. Kholi puts in a lot of hard work and that is the difference hard work - which are boys don't. I say bring Shehzad at number 3. I want to see Rizwan as the opener.

MNKhan Feb 02, 2016 06:04am

While I agree with most parts, I disagree with writer and Aamir Suhail that his talent is limited to just cross batted slogs; He used to have pretty decent technique with tight defense. I know people will criticise this opinion but an honest analysis of Pakistan ODI team will reveal that the team was on a constant decline under Misbah since he took over from Afridi in 2011. While afridi is not a great captain either, the team had guts and young players like shehzad, akmal, shafiq were starting to peak

Just like Inzamam drained Pakistan out of resources,talent and aggression in his captaincy , Misbah made this side suffer from applying 90s version of cricket tactics.

I give huge credit to Misbah for making Pakistan a formidable test side but he was never the right man to lead in ODIs; if Afridi was to be replaced, Hafeez would have been a better choice

Chinna Feb 02, 2016 06:15am

Give Ahmed Shehzed a free flow chance and look, He is not a bad player but bit of low in confidence, PCB has to sit with AS and explain his role and responsibilities , If he has any attitude problem he has to sort it out ASAP and PCB needs to guide him where his attitude is wrong and help him in sorting out the problem with counseling. AS just needs to concentrate on cricket and leave all other matters, every cricketer will have a bad phase so support him in this period and give him a chance till T20 WC, don't try with another new opener in big events and don't put pressure on new player, WC is happening in India where teams will get flat wickets which will help him to gain confidence

Qasim Feb 02, 2016 06:22am

This is bound to happen when matters are run on personal likes and dislikes and not on the basis of quantitative analysis and records. You back Mr talented for 6 years Keep doing it for next 10 years

i Feb 02, 2016 06:29am

pay attention to the fear induced by the bouncer that hit shahzad. pcb managers and player developers coaches are useless. fire them for incompetency

roofi Feb 02, 2016 06:56am

sachin made his first hundred in 78th match. It is useless too, to compare ahmed shehzad with kohli. Kohli is pure talent with class. He works hard with great passion. But, I think 33 average is not too bad with 6 hundred just in 71 innings. Shehzad is going through worst stage of his career. Despite his bad performance, he is still better than those player sitting on bench in domestic cricket waiting for their turn. If you don't compare him with anyone then everything will be fine.

Gawal Mandi Ya Feb 02, 2016 07:17am

We worship the rising sun,we are all praises when they are on top of their game,as soon as the player starts to show inconsistency,they are toast,bad,horrible.Every day is not sunday people,everyone has a off day,week,season,does not make them a bad player.'m sure he'll find his groove back.

Zia Feb 02, 2016 07:42am

Shehzad is the new Afridi, all talks and selfies and kurta ads but nothing for country. How can you compare this guy with Kohli. Kohli is being compared with Tendulkar, one of the all time greats if not the greatest batsman. Media and all uneducated guys should refrain from calling him Pakistani Kohli. There is no Indian batsman in current team that is so low to be compared with Shehzad. And as the article has put it, he is just a slogger for T20 / Ramadan cricket matches. He is no way near any technical cricket. Get rid of him and Sohaib and Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz , and all mediocres. Bring the right guys and there are plenty of them. If they are not in Pakistani team then problem is with selectors and management.

Abdul Rauf Moid Feb 02, 2016 08:10am

33 average.... hmmm... what was aamir sohails average?

Shahid Feb 02, 2016 08:18am

I would just beg people to back of Umar Akmal's back. He scored at an average of 43 in the T20 series. He score 24 and 56 not out in the first two T20 matches and that too at a SR of about 200. What else do you want? Is it may be just a fashion to bash Umar Akmal irrespective of what he does? Actually, Pakistan's main mistake was, not to select Umar for ODIs.

Shahid Feb 02, 2016 08:25am

At the moment our two best talented young players are Baber Azam and Haris Sohail. They must be coached by specialists to stretch their innings to hundreds.

Anwarahmad Feb 02, 2016 08:37am

Not only Ahmad Shahzad and U.Akmal be exchluded from T 20 squad but change in captaincy should also be considered.

KaKa Feb 02, 2016 09:06am

Kohli is proving his metal almost every match he plays. From which angle AS is matched with Kohli I don't understand that. Anyways, the problem with all Pakistani batsmen are they are mentally not strong, they cannot plan a game, cannot play under pressure esp chasing any score over 250. They just self destruct lastly politics is killing every sport in Pakistan. Another last is our media must stop going homes to any player who happen to play well.

SR Feb 02, 2016 09:42am

@Owais - Miandad, Yousuf, Inzimam, Wasim, Waqar were all mocked the same way at one time or another in their careers. This is not a defense for the immature cricketers you mention but a jibe at the fickleness of your opinions.

SR Feb 02, 2016 09:47am

Unfortunately, the Pakistani cricket fan is as inconsistent in his views as the team it supports. It is a case of severe depression that is marred by constant phases of ecstatic euphoria and then absolute bottomless depression. The opinions of these fans are not borderline conspiratorial but also always and unfailingly reveal their own insecurities in life. The Pakistani fan is like that oyster from the sea, one which you open and find infested with vermin.

Fateh Feb 02, 2016 09:58am

Shehzad has said in one of his interviews that He is not impressed with Kohli's batting.. There is no point in comparing these two.. Kohli is at the most an ordinary player Shehzad is way more better than Kohli.. Kohli is in form of his life thaths why he is scoring runs.. But he doents have the class that Shehzad has and as they say form is temporary class is permanent.. Just wait and watch Shehzad will end his career with the recors far better than Kohli.. Inshaallah

asgher Feb 02, 2016 09:58am

@Waseem Sarwar I agree that he was not upto the mark but these so called super stars are not upto their mark either.

Why cant we give a million changes to new comers instead of giving million chances to Sohaib Maqsood, Ahmed Shahzad, Umer Akmal, Sohail Tanveer

xmaestro Feb 02, 2016 10:05am

The come in, flash their talent a little then as the time passes they are molded into the losing psyche of Pakistan Cricket! Happens with every one of them. Talent or no, it's got to do with the mindset of the whole team.

Fateh Feb 02, 2016 10:26am

Shehzad has said in one of his interviews that He is not impressed with Kohli's batting.. There is no point in comparing these two.. Kohli is at the most an ordinary player Shehzad is way more better than Kohli.. Kohli is in form of his life thaths why he is scoring runs.. But he doents have the class that Shehzad has and as they say form is temporary class is permanent.. Just wait and watch Shehzad will end his career with the recors far better than Kohli..

Ali Abbas Feb 02, 2016 10:55am

Not only he is a bad bad batsman, he also has discipline issues. He is there in team because of friendship with Afridi only. Irony.

AKKI Feb 02, 2016 11:08am

Imran Nazir is better than Ahmed shahzad

Faizan A. Shaikh Feb 02, 2016 11:20am

People say we do not have any alternate in place of Shehzad?? I guess many have not been following domestic circuit or the team combination for that matter. For one thing, opening the batting doesn't mean that the batsman should be scoring at strike rate of 200. All it takes is to accumulate runs by taking quick singles and sharp doubles and odd boundary without missing too many balls. I fail to understand why is Sarfraz not being promoted? What is he doing at number 7? Sarfraz is an accumulator and he can provide the starts you want. For number 7 you need a guy who can hit big and you have to find such replacement and soon. Also, Sami Aslam / Nauman Anwar / Zafar Gohar / Hammad Azam / Azeem Ghumman / Sadaf hussain, these guys continuously perform in domestic and i would try them and loose while experimenting rather then loose with the squad who are just poster boys..!!

Adnan Feb 02, 2016 11:26am

@Owais After the emerging of Shahid Afridi, unfortunately Pakistan's young generation found a hero in him. We can't produced a world class batsmen in last two decades. Last pair was Younis and Yousef. Young batsmen love to play cross batted slog like their hero Shahid Afridi.

Ahmad Feb 02, 2016 11:34am

This is the impact of Shahid Afridi. who hits the ball with close eyes, if lucky will go for a six otherwise a catch.

If analyzed and closely watched, can be easily under-stood that the whole Pakistani batting has adopted the same attitude and nobody is using using "sanity" to win the matches.

Iqbal Feb 02, 2016 11:58am

Shehzad has said in one of his interviews that He is not impressed with Kohli's batting.. There is no point in comparing these two.. Kohli is at the most an ordinary player Shehzad is way more better than Kohli.. Kohli is in form of his life thaths why he is scoring runs.. But he doents have the class that Shehzad has and as they say form is temporary class is permanent.. Just wait and watch Shehzad will end his career with the recors far better than Kohli..

Najeeb Feb 02, 2016 12:10pm

being a Pakistani and true cricket fan, I hate to say this but he is not even half the player Kohli is

Hassan Feb 02, 2016 12:27pm

Comparing him to Virat Kohli, who defines the modern style of aggressive batting, is an insult to him in particular and to the game of cricket in general.

DJ Feb 02, 2016 12:50pm

Just a wasted talent because of non serious attitude along with Umar Akmal.

DJ Feb 02, 2016 12:57pm

@Iqbal R u serious dude? or its a criticism under the lines. By the way his class never showed results more than 2 or 3 times. There is no comparison between him and kohli and he is correct when said that he is not copying the batting of Kohli as he just copying his style,if he will be copying his batting style he will not be in this mess.

Sachin Feb 02, 2016 01:25pm

Comparing him with Virat is like comparing Wasim Akram with Umesh Yadav. I do take offence here.

Adeel Feb 02, 2016 01:44pm

Yes time for the team to move on. Too much attitude and not enough consistency in Ahmed Shehzad to be taken seriously

Zidane Feb 02, 2016 02:14pm

it is enough to give more chance Ahmed Shahzad. Actually the now the difference between Pak team and other teams is adopting new technology. Now the cricket too fast, 300+ in ODI and 190+ in T20 is now common scores. `But keeping these RR in both formats is very difficult for Pak team. Pak players should participate in IPL, Big Bash and other county leagues. Too much trust on Afridi and Amir is not fair. Should be Higher Australian coaches for every format.

Najeeb Feb 02, 2016 02:21pm

Shezard is there because he is favorite of Shahid Afridi - nothing else. Afridi should be more loyal to the nation rather than to people who flatter him. And Shezard should spend less time in taking selfess and more time in removing his fears in batting.

Shazad Feb 02, 2016 02:31pm

My friend next door has talent. He knows how to swing the bat and also how to block the wicket. Problem is that, when he swings the bat, ball becomes treacherous and hits his wicket. When he blocks, again ball becomes treacherous and hit his pad. Sometime when ball do hit his bat. it seems ball turns into tennis ball and go high then into fielders hand, and since fielders in our area are not Kamran Akmal, they always take the catch.

This talented players says that he is careless playing local cricket and should get chance in national team. My other neighbour, who is one of top PCB employee, thinks that his talent is getting wasted and he deserves Parchi to get into National team. What you say?

Shdhsn Feb 02, 2016 03:17pm

Pakistan need a batting coach. You have a bowling coach Mushi, but no spin bowlers in the team... Wake up management...

Amjad Ali Feb 02, 2016 03:39pm

@Rahul - same universe he is in where your kohli is scoring centuries after centuries but always in lost cause just like tendulkar... and now am happy to see tendulkar2 is there.... we need not to worry about indian team progress they are having players who will never reach top of ladder....

Asif Iqbal Feb 02, 2016 05:01pm

I think he should be given some rest for couple of years so that he can improve his batting and attitude.

Players of other teams improve with the passage of time but our players (like Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood n Umer Akmal ) do same mistakes again n again.

irfan Feb 02, 2016 05:14pm

@Rahul I am sure Pakistanis must also have liked your comment.

Yousuf Shakeel Feb 02, 2016 05:15pm

Please bring back fawad alam and play him in number 3 or 4... he will surely give you 50s and 100s and you will play 50 overs.

Rahul Feb 02, 2016 05:28pm

@Amjad Ali - Your argument is invalid. An individual can only perform this much. It's up to the whole team to perform together. Bowlers also have to contribute. Don't forget that Virat Kohli is the top scorer in the recently concluded T20 series against Australia where India won the series 3-0.

arfan aslam khan Feb 02, 2016 05:35pm

@Owais you are absolutely right.

imtiaz Hydari Feb 02, 2016 05:42pm

@Owais So true, and those that are consistent such as Fawad Alam, there is no room in the national squad

Aamir Feb 02, 2016 05:56pm

On the other hand reliable batsmen like Fawad Alam is being treated the same way once Asim Kamal was treated. It is all about friendship and grouping in the team and management.

Rahul Feb 02, 2016 06:36pm

@irfan - "I am sure Pakistanis must also have liked your comment."

I bet Umar Daraz is one of them

PakistanFirst Feb 02, 2016 06:39pm

Players like Shehzad, Maqsood, Anwar Ali, and Umar Akmal are talented. PCB will reap great rewards if they can arrange for these players to join county league in England as well play in T20 leagues of Caribbean and BigBash.

Pak Cricket is dead Feb 03, 2016 12:11am

It's very simple with what's wrong with shehzad. This guy has no talent in batting. If a batsman cannot take singles and doubles and only wants to hit boundaries then he has no batting technique. It was just a matter of time before his weaknesses got exposed. And he is not the only one who can't do the basics, it's most of our batsmen start from MR boom boom, he is another useless cricketer in our team. Until and unless these basics are not taken care of you can forget pak batting will ever improve. Kohli is a great batsman and that's coming from a pak fan. He has a technique that a batsman needs and that's why he is so successful. Shehzad is not even close to being a batsman let alone being in the same class as kohli.

Nasir Feb 03, 2016 01:27am

T20 captain Shahid Afridi recently said Shehzad really needed to ‘prove his worth’

What about yourself Pal!

Nasir Feb 03, 2016 01:30am

Never unnecessarily force a change in the natural style.

Nasir Feb 03, 2016 01:31am

@Karachite I feel his fortune changed after his marriage but I will also weigh in to the news that he is being coached to change his batting style

Barry Richard Feb 03, 2016 12:34pm

He is super worthless player and should be out for good.His attitude and behaviour is lot to be desired as he is more interested in making selfies and movies with girls than playing cricket.He should be kicked out on bad performance plus moral behaviour.

aneel chaudry Feb 03, 2016 12:57pm

He alongwith umar akmal are the best examples of mismanaged talents whereas virat kohli is a prime example of how to mould your talent into pure stardom by hardwork and consistancy. Babar azam and rizwan should be given as much chances and their numbers will speak for themselves.

Wajahat Hassan Feb 03, 2016 07:00pm

@Karachite Yeah, I feel the same too. Too bad though coz he was my favorite Pakistani batsman. Hopefully he'll score plenty of match-winning scores in PSL to get his confidence back.

Haleema Feb 04, 2016 12:20pm

pakistan best of luck