Shahid Afridi is dropped

Pakistan have obviously been forced into some changes with their strike bowlers all being banned. They've also made a couple of unforced changes to their Test squad for the upcoming series against the Windies.

First and foremost, Shahid Afridi's been dropped. This is pretty much unforgivable from an impartial point of view, but really you can't blame them one bit. Omar Haq provided a water-tight case in favour of dropping him a couple of weeks ago. We sympathise entirely while simultaneously wishing he was playing.

Pakistan have also dropped Mohammad Sami and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. We can understand the dropping of Sami, a gifted bowler whose confidence is subterranean, but Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's omission is puzzling to say the least.

The replacements include a slow left-armer called Abdur Rehman, who we've never heard of and Samiullah Niazi, who we love, despite never having seen him play, on the grounds that he's a left-armer and Pakistani - like Wasim Akram.

Finally, just to confirm that our cat will continue with the name Afridi, despite this setback.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a good start. I am not too happy with this squad selection....but I am rarely happy.

I think its, once again, too heavy on allrounders.

Niazi will def. get a game now! Glad to see you're supporting him. He's no tearaway pacer. He's more like Ian Bradshaw to be honest. He's got decent line and length and is around the same pace as Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan.

I think they will probably go for 3 pacers (including Razzak) at Karachi and Lahore, while at Faisalabad, I believe, where the pitch is slower, the will opt for this Abdur Rehman fellow.

The only thing good about this squad is the middle order....

Rana Naveed is a good bowler. Sadly he is out of form. He did not too well in England and in the ODI's. Not only did he not get wickets, but he bowled rubbish and leaked too many runs.

Though I would have stuck with him. Shahid Nazir isn't too impressive....

Your cat looks fun

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