Adnan Akmal ruled out of 2014 Test series against Sri Lanka, Sarfraz Ahmed named as replacement

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Lahore January 3, 2014: Adnan Akmal got injured while taking a catch on the last ball of day 3 of the First Test Match against Sri Lanka and has fractured his left hand Index finger. He has been ruled out for rest of the series. On the request of Team Management for replacement the National Selection Committee has decided to send Sarfraz Ahmad to join the Test Squad in UAE.
 
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time to get Rizwan in not that joke Sarfraz have a funny feeling they may go for Kamran.
 
they might continue with Shafiq for remaining series if he keeps well
 
Let's hope of course that it doesn't come to this, but could he come out to bat if required?
 
I know this is a very harsh thing to say but in the long run this is a blessing in disguise, even if Sarfraz gets the job
 
Sarfraz is awful, more so than Adnan. According to media reports, Sarfraz is being sent as the replacement
 
Sarfaraz hasn't played in UAE will be good to see how he goes against Adnan in these conditions he was a grasshopper in SA!
 
This is why always good to have a spare Akmal in the team, one's just not enough!
 
Adnan's injured finger
 

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"Adnan Akmal got injured while taking a catch on the last ball of day 3 of the First Test and has fractured his left hand Index finger," PCB
 
Time for sarfraz to get a chance in the UAE.
 
Adnan Akmal ruled out of Test Series, Sarfraz Ahmed named as replacement

This is some serious joke! Absolutely non sense to call that failure yet again! It was the time to give Rizwan a go but these dumb and brainless selectors again selected that international level failure Sarfaraz :(
I am so angry dont know what to do!
 
First of all Younus Khan has passed his prime and thus we need to train a youngster for this job, and Asad Shafique would have been the best choice for this.

Secondly, Rizwan is not good with the gloves as has been reported by the experts. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Sarfraz is given the chance.
 
Rather have umar akmal he has been keeping in the ODI's and gives a little more to the fragile line up
 
I think its good. We will see what sarfraz can do on flat tracks. All he has done in his test career is playing a test match against Australia alin pacy and bouncy condition versus bowlers like tait.etc while then playing 3 matches against SA in SA against like of steyn, philander, morkel.etc
 
First of all Younus Khan has passed his prime and thus we need to train a youngster for this job, and Asad Shafique would have been the best choice for this.

Secondly, Rizwan is not good with the gloves as has been reported by the experts. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Sarfraz is given the chance.
What a ridiculous comment. Younis is only covering because of an injury, he's not going to do it for half a decade :)))
 
Sarfraz?!?! o_O

Why keep persisting with that flop?

Bring in Mohammed Rizwan and try a fresh face.
 
Oh no. What does mohammad rizwan need to do? Whitewash is coming our way
 
Sarfraz Ahmed has been in pretty good form in domestic matches, and in my opinion, should've been selected before Adnan Akmal. I just hope that he will step up and seal his place through good performances.

Ali khan
 
Sarfraz Ahmed has been in pretty good form in domestic matches, and in my opinion, should've been selected before Adnan Akmal. I just hope that he will step up and seal his place through good performances.

Ali khan

Yes Ali khan has done great in first class this season. Should be called up. as for sarfraz, he's not the only one who's done good at domestic and failed at international. medicore player
 
Yes Ali khan has done great in first class this season. Should be called up. as for sarfraz, he's not the only one who's done good at domestic and failed at international. medicore player

Ali khan is name of that poster he was not talking about Ali khan the player :yk
 
this is Sarfraz's chance- so far he has had the excuse of having only played against the toughest Aussie and SA bowlers in there backyards

he has consistently scored in domestic and deserves a chance in easier conditions to show what hes got
 
what the hell :facepalm: lets replace when mediocre keeper with another one!

Why are our selectors so retarded? Pretty much means our tail will start at number 7 as per usual...
 
Sarfraz atlast gets his chance in Asia. Let us see how he performs in these conditions.
 
Sarfraz atlast gets his chance in Asia. Let us see how he performs in these conditions.
Yeah exactly.

This is a step forward. While many wanted Rizwan, Sarfaz has a very good average in domestic which shows he has the ability to bat. Know he did well in the practice game in SA. Feel he should have been afforded chances in Asia. As for LOI, he doesn't do well even in domestic there, so no point playing him.

Sarfaz has the reputation of being the best wicketkeeper batsman in domestic by far. As I've said before, wicketkeepers are slow to suddenly take to cricket, handling keeping and batting at the same time is tough. We need to try them out and give them a run.

Adnan's issue was guy didn't even hack it with the bat in domestic. So what hope does he have in internationals? At least try out someone with the potential to do well.
 
Adnan Akmal ruled out of Test Series, Sarfraz Ahmed named as replacement

AJ has a personal vendetta against Sarfraz!


No I don't think he does. It's just a fact that Sarfaraz sucks and has sucked each and every time he has played for Pakistan.

Don't Pakistan have any half decent keeper batsmen in domestic cricket?
 
Umar Akmal or Rizwan would have been a better choice. One has made a centery in Test cricket and the other has been performing in domestic cricket.
 
If Sarfraz is the best we have, then pak is in a lot of trouble when it comes to keepers
 
Umar Akmal should have been given the chance. The time for specialist wicket keeper is gone. Pakistan's lower order remains weak.
 
I do not have high ecpectations from sarfraz but I wish and hope that he grabs his chance and not only keeps well but scores big as well. Sick and tired of mediocre keepers.
 
How much Adnan's that injury has benefited us is beyond me, It allowed Sarfraz to make comeback and now look where Sarfraz is, on the verge of captaining Pakistan in all formats, brilliant batsman and solved the long problem of pathetic keepers who dropped catches and were tailenders in batting.
 
How much Adnan's that injury has benefited us is beyond me, It allowed Sarfraz to make comeback and now look where Sarfraz is, on the verge of captaining Pakistan in all formats, brilliant batsman and solved the long problem of pathetic keepers who dropped catches and were tailenders in batting.

to be fair to adan his keeping was good, not spotless but i think still the best in pakistan
 
to be fair to adan his keeping was good, not spotless but i think still the best in pakistan

About dropped catches, I was referring to Kamran and I agree that Adnan was a good keeper but nowadays keepers shouldn't bat like tailenders and Adnan's batting was pretty poor.
 
time to get Rizwan in not that joke Sarfraz have a funny feeling they may go for Kamran.

The joke turned out to be Pakistan's highest averaging wicket keeping batsman in its entire glorious history...
 
This is some serious joke! Absolutely non sense to call that failure yet again! It was the time to give Rizwan a go but these dumb and brainless selectors again selected that international level failure Sarfaraz :(
I am so angry dont know what to do!

Rizwan turned out to be even worse than Adnan Akmal as a batsman, no balance looks like he is driving a rickshaw most of the time he tries to play any shot
 
what the hell :facepalm: lets replace when mediocre keeper with another one!

Why are our selectors so ********? Pretty much means our tail will start at number 7 as per usual...

The tail starts with an oxygen cylinder, who breathes life into the batting, like he did yesterday against WI
 
Yeah exactly.

This is a step forward. While many wanted Rizwan, Sarfaz has a very good average in domestic which shows he has the ability to bat. Know he did well in the practice game in SA. Feel he should have been afforded chances in Asia. As for LOI, he doesn't do well even in domestic there, so no point playing him.

Sarfaz has the reputation of being the best wicketkeeper batsman in domestic by far. As I've said before, wicketkeepers are slow to suddenly take to cricket, handling keeping and batting at the same time is tough. We need to try them out and give them a run.

Adnan's issue was guy didn't even hack it with the bat in domestic. So what hope does he have in internationals? At least try out someone with the potential to do well.

You sir, were absolutely right in your prediction!
 
How much Adnan's that injury has benefited us is beyond me, It allowed Sarfraz to make comeback and now look where Sarfraz is, on the verge of captaining Pakistan in all formats, brilliant batsman and solved the long problem of pathetic keepers who dropped catches and were tailenders in batting.

the Akmal mafia was in full force in those days

Sarfaraz would get all the tough away tours and Adnan Akmal would get all the UAE series.

Umar Akmal would not accept the gloves in ODIs and Kamran Akmal would get a call as a result

soon all 3 akmal bros were in the docks. Adnan got dropped because even the biased selectors couldnt make a case for him over Sarfaraz. Kamran was finally let go. And Umar knew that in order to save his career he would have to be willing to take the gloves in ODIs if asked otherwise he may be dropped
 
This thread is a big sample of the fact that you shouldn't ignore the numbers being put up in domestics by a player... the domestic system has some credibility and Sarfraz did turn out to be statistically the greatest in Pakistan's history (as wicketkeeping batsman), and a big reason Pakistan cricket jumped from 3-4 in Test Match rankings, to no.1, his knocks in 2014,15 proved to match stealing down the order, and provided a different dimension to anotherwise timid batting lineup..

This series and his quickfire 40 in the maghrib chase (3rd test vs Srilanka in Sharjah) proved to be the defining moments of his career and he has never looked back since... this fearless approach from that game has revolutionized his batting and made him a superstar that is appreciated by everyone all around the world..

He was also largely responsible for changing Pakistan's fortunes in 2015 WC, thanks to his approach to the game
 
the Akmal mafia was in full force in those days

Sarfaraz would get all the tough away tours and Adnan Akmal would get all the UAE series.

Umar Akmal would not accept the gloves in ODIs and Kamran Akmal would get a call as a result

soon all 3 akmal bros were in the docks. Adnan got dropped because even the biased selectors couldnt make a case for him over Sarfaraz. Kamran was finally let go. And Umar knew that in order to save his career he would have to be willing to take the gloves in ODIs if asked otherwise he may be dropped

Umar's laziness made way for Sarfraz's success in the ODI side, he reluctantly accepted keeping only to shout to the media during the WC 2015 about being unfairly treated.. which led to his eventual ouster and permanent place for Sarfi in the side.. Sarfi made hay as an opener despite playing away from his natural batting position, he has never looked back in ODIs since then
 
You sir, were absolutely right in your prediction!

haha lol. Glad I didn't get embarrassed like some others, but I'm sure they're glad to be proven wrong. But I do kind of get it Sarfraz did look really bad with the bat at the start of his career, not surprised some doubted him.

I see I was wrong on him in LOI though lol. But it seemed he got better in domestic there too.
 
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haha lol. Glad I didn't get embarrassed like some others, but I'm sure they're glad to be proven wrong. But I do kind of get it Sarfraz did look really bad with the bat at the start of his career, not surprised some doubted him.

I see I was wrong on him in LOI though lol. But it seemed he got better in domestic there too.

His performances in SA in 2013, is still looked upon as the time when people thought it was the end of Sarfraz as an International cricketer...

If you look upon that series, that series didn't bode well for anyone except Shafiq and Younis... the scars of facing a Dale Steyn and Vernan Philander at their peaks are still present with Azhar Ali, Misbah, Hafeez, Sarfaraz...

That SA side was a class of its own...
 
This thread should be a permanent sticky just so new posters can see how credible some of our online experts are.

Even posters with thousands of post were rushing to discard Sarfaraz as a failure.
 
Great to read through all the posts on here :) anyone ready to admit they were wrong?
 
Great to read through all the posts on here :) anyone ready to admit they were wrong?

Yeh! Humble pie for a lot of posters I see. I'm surprised at so much ant-Sarfraz sentiment in 2014. The alternatives were the Akmals or Rizwan.

Sarfraz has shown his mettle as a batsman, keeper and captain.

Ask yourself how many international keeper/batsmen are better (not inc the great Sangakarra as he is retired from internationals) ?

1. De Cock is the best - no doubt.

2. Bairstow? A very good batsman but Sarfraz is the better keeper. Also, Bairstow seems weak against spin. A close call but Siffy edges Bairstow.

3. Butler? Not a test player and dodgy against spin so Siffy edges him.

4. Devilliers - on the wane and retired from tests so he doesn't count.

5. Dhoni - on the wane and retired from tests so he doesn't count.

6. Rahim from BD? Good player but Siffy is better keeper and Rahim has not performed against top teams abroad as much as Siffy.
 
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