A new Pakistani cricket team for the new captain

Posted on April 19, 2007. Filed under: Cricket |

Now that we have a new captain, we must set upon the task of selecting the rest of the team. I am hereby proposing a team on a selection criteria, different than has been used before. Beards are out, clean shaves and fauxhawks in. Arabic recitations on camera is out, speaking proper English is in. Flashing at every short pitched delivery outside the off-stump is out, compact stances and good orthodox technique in. Paindoo production out, blue blood in.

Not everyone in the eleven chosen below qualify on all criteria. But on the whole we will have a team that plays better.  And as a bonus, it looks and sounds better on and off the field.

Salman Butt

Yasir Hameed

Shoaib Malik

Mohammed Yousef

Hassan Raza – For the love of God, the guy is closing in on 10,000 runs in domestic cricket and still can’t get a place on the team. He is only 25. We can still get a world cup out of him.

Bazid Khan – Son of Majid Khan, nephew of Imran Khan, very talented with good technique to boot, winsome batsman for Pakistan As and in domestic cricket.

Abdul Razzak

Mohammed Sami – Now that Shoaib ‘drama’ Akhtar has rid the team of himself, we have to let Sami develop himself like we all know he can.

Umar Gul

Mohammed Asif

Danish Kaneria – Every team needs a genuine spinner and he is the best in Pakistan. Spinners are winning ODI games around the world. Please don’t make him have to convert to Islam to play for his country.

I know what you are thinking. Alibhae forgot to add a keeper. No, I didn’t. Yasir Hameed keeps. Did you know he has averaged 15 more runs than the chipmunk who keeps for us presently. Check the stats yourself.

Coach: Aaqib Javed

Connection to golden yesteryears courtesy of Bazid Khan and Faisal Iqbal. Give them a chance and they’ll show you good crickets runs in their blood. With a squad like this we can bat down to number 8. We have opening flair. A solid middle order. Big hitters at batting tail for the final slog. We have three genuine fast bowlers, and a specialist spinner in Kaneria.

We can field a different team for the tests that includes Inzamam, Younas, Yousaf, and Danish. Younas can captain that squad and Shoaib be his VC on the test side.

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3 Responses to “A new Pakistani cricket team for the new captain”

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Hi !
I am disappointed that Mr. Sallu is the chief selector. (Just by judging by his comments on PTC xpurts opinion and his extraordinary test record) he doesnt look a good choice. Anyhow lets see what he does.
Abt the cricket team we have to give chances to a few good performers in the U19 world cup last year. Sarfaraz (captain of that side) should be called as wicketkeeper because you know Kamran has disappointed all of us and its time to invest in youth.
secondly there were a couple of good pacers namely Anwer Ali and Jamshed Ahmed. I think they both should be given chances because of their talent. My ideal team will be
Salman Butt, Imran Nazir, Malik, Yousuf, Afridi , Razzaq, Sarfaraz, Asif, Anwer Ali, Umar Gul, Eleventh man from a variety of players like Rao, Irshad, Jamshed, a good spinner except Kaneria.

Kamran, your suggestion to look into the U-19 squad is a good one and we could use some fresh blood in our team. The only problem is, they need to be groomed properly. We have already destroyed the careers of many talented youngsters by throwing them in the pond without guidance.

We agree that there has to be a replacement for Akmal. Wicket keepers all around the world are great batsmen. Akmal is just not good enough with the bat. So whoever replaces him should be a better batsman in addition to being a good fielder.

I disagree with having both Afridi and Razzaq in the team at same time. They are both average all-rounders with different style but essentially similar stats. Razzaq seems to be more stable, so Afridi should start working on his fan club and cricket academy ASAP. At the same time the selectors should keep looking for a young replacement for Razzaq, he is getting up there in the years department. We need a specialist spinner, if not kaneria, then someone else.

Its all matter of good planning that can lead us to rise from the ashes once again.
Afridi is such a dynamic type of cricketer that I always hope him to be in the team. He is always the best slow bowler for Pakistan since the last couple of years and in addition to this he is such a great fielder. Therefore he is always in my list.
We also have a few very good Spinners. Abdul Rehman is one of them. I think we should keep Kaneria in the tests. He is no good in ODIs.

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