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2015 and Pakistan.

Just like 2014, in 2015 too Pakistan were good in Tests, awful in Colours, just like we say, Pakistan was not able to keep all of its buckets full simultaneously. Though who have been reading me since time, must know that I have more been critical on Pakistan management than to the team because just like us, the working class, they (the cricketers) are also on the payroll of PCB so I usually end up criticizing the PCB.

2015 in a nutshell: Test Cricket Following the legacy from 2014, they were good in tests but awful in colours, same was more or less in 2015. Should I say being a fan that in colours it was a monotone year.

Overall figures TeamMatWonLostTiedDrawW/LAveRPOInnsHSLSPakistan85102541.073.4415628

Muhammad Amir and Pakistan

I am amazed how people in our country are being driven by a man named Najam Sethi who's controlling the media and therefore making the way back for Amir and later on Asif/Butt. I am not optimistic with NS paving way for Amir. No doubt Amir is from humble background but it doesn't mean because of him we should overlook those who have been sincere and make fun off their sincerity to the game and the green Jersey. Being Muslims as well, we are not supposed to be acting like buffoons like the whole nation has been. Already this pathetic media coverages pro Amir. What media is actually showing like in one of Gharida Farooqui saying that it is what's on the ground, don't blame us (the media) for showing the reality. I being a critic of media have to agree with it because it really exposed the plagiarism of Pakistani nation which always believes on جگاڑ and hence supporting a tainted bowler to represent Pakistan. I do not have grieve with Amir but the way NS supporting Amir i…

Pakistan v Zimbabwe - at last

At last, Pakistani grounds are going to be used for staging Pakistani home games, after eternity. Thank you Zimbabwe Cricket for the support. The (Zimbabweans) do require our support in those regards, which is quite logical, like having a return trip to their country in return.

Other than Zimbabwe, Ireland also expect to be traveling to Pakistan for a complete tour, which I am expecting they (The PCB authority) might be staging some games in Karachi as well, for which we Karachiites are also deprived of.

Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan Zimbabwe's tour to Pakistan - 2015, cricket in Pakistan after 2009. Initially being played at Lahore amid security conditions, initially it was swapped thanks to Karachi incident, but still since cricket must go on, Zim did come to Pakistan so that they can also have some competitive cricket in a test playing country. Though Zimbabwe did lose both their T20I, still it is the first drop of the rain.
What is for Pakistan? Pakistan can use this tour to; Gain …

Squad for Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh

Pakistan team announced their squad for the full fledged series against Bangladesh, which I guess is a gamble, because you've included such players who aren't being tested properly after their return to international cricket viz ban of illegal action, or injury proned. So I say it's just a gamble taking Bangladesh as a lighter proposition, again because now they are facing Pakistan in their own backyard and plus there is no Inzamam ul Haq who could save us this time, nor the ground is situated in Multan or within Pakistan.
Test:Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali.One-day international:Azhar Ali (c), Sami Aslam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil, Sohail Khan.Twenty20:S…

Team Pakistan's practice session cancelled and converted to a 'motivational gathering'

Being an MBA in HR and majored in Training and Development, I certainly know the importance of motivating others, but in Pakistani cricket team's scenario, that's not the case, because first of all team doesn't need motivation but the combination is not set, like I've always been critical, unlike other teams they played musical chair game, because of which no stability there.Secondly, bad planning because the game where Yasir Shah could had been rested, he was on and the game where he could had played his part, he was rested.Thirdly, when the team was in dismay, boh Ajmal and Hafeez can't play, so it was better had we incorporated some experience in Zulfiqar Babar alongside Yasir Shah and Lala. Here in this scenario we could had gambled with YS and ZB.Fourthly, I'd have to agree with Shoaib Akhtar here because Pakistan needs someone who could stuck at one end and the other end it should accelerate. Misbah should incorporate himself in at 3 and Younis at 4, beca…

Junaid Khan out of Pakistan Colours in CWC 2015

Initially no Ajmal, Hafeez who can't bowl, now no Junaid Khan. Means we do not have batsman to support bowlers and bowlers don't have the spine to support themselves. My only question to Moin and Nadeem Khan who used to brag about management, personal relationships and merit, are they going to justify that why B team weren't incorporated while squad for CWC 2015 was announced. The fault lies with us, others just exploit them, and it is high time that we be rational and start to admit our mistakes instead of saying that ہم صحیح ہیں وہ غلط ہے...

Cricket World Cup 2015 and Pakistani media (unnecessary) hype

Pakistan's prospects in the upcoming Cricket World Cup is touched gloomy because of upcoming injury prone cum inexperienced bowling and with an un-dependent batting and unreliable fielding, I must say if we qualify for the second round, it'd be a bonus cuz I don't expect them to be going that way, with a bleak batting line which can't defend its bowling, is a big setback especially Downunder in Australia and New Zealand, plus with Pakistan squad for the Cricket World Cup already hit with injuries and ban, with their replacements making either a comeback or making a debut in Cricket World Cup, what do you expect off them? So do we expect them to perform there? The team which played in South Africa in 2003 was the most powerful of Pakistani team consisting of Saeed Anwar, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Abdul Razzaq, Inzamam ul Haq, etc but still they were not able to proceed beyond the round robin, so compared to that Cricket World Cup, can we expect these '…

Pakistani squad for CWC 2015

Pakistani cricket team squad for upcoming Cricket World Cup in Australasia
#NameAgePlaying roleBatting BowlingWorld Cup appearances1Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), 40 yearsBatsmanRHBMiddle OrderLeg Break20112Ahmed Shehzad, 23 yearsBatsmanRHBOpenerLeg Break20113Mohammad Hafeez, 34 yearsBatsmanRHBOpenerBanned from bowling/Off Spinner2007, 20114Sarfraz Ahmed, 27 yearsWicketkeeperRHBLate Middle OrderNot ApplicableDebut5Younis Khan, 37 yearsBatsmanRHBMiddle OrderMedium Fast2003, 2007, 20116Haris Sohail, 25 yearsAll rounderLHBLate Middle OrderSlow Left ArmDebut7Umar Akmal, 24 years Batsman/WicketkeeperRHBMiddle OrderNot Applicable20118Sohaib Maqsood, 27 yearsBatsmanRHBLate Middle OrderOff SpinnerDebut9Shahid Afridi, 34 yearsAll rounderRHBLate Middle OrderLeg Spinner1999, 2003, 2007, 201110Yasir Shah, 28 yearsBowlerRHBTailLeg SpinnerDebut11Mohammad Irfan, 32 yearsBowlerRHBTailLeft Arm Fast Debut12Junaid Khan, 25 yearsBowlerRHBTailLeft Arm FastDebut13Ehsan Adil, 21 yearsBo…