Bold decisions that the Pakistan team management should take in this World Cup

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Fakhar and Imam are badly out of form and are also not batting as per modern requirements. Why not gamble and select a team where you have a combination of aggressive hard hitting batters, aggressive wicket takers

1) Abdullah Shafiq
2) Mohd Nawaz
3) Babar Azam
4) Saud Shakeel
5) Mohd Rizwan
6) Iftikhar Ahmed
7) Shadab Khan
8) Usama Mir
9) Hasan Ali
10) Shaheen Afridi
11) Shaheen Afridi

Remember, this is a long tournament as well and at some point you will have to rest Shaheen, Rauf as well therefore Wasim Jr can come into the mix.

The sooner Pakistan can come up with a combination where you can maximize the chance of picking up 10 wickets and give certain players the pinch hitting role ie Nawaz, the better it is.
 
Not only do you want to gamble but you want to gamble in a World Cup, that too by first referring to mediocre Nawaz as a aggressive hard hitting batter and then having him open with inconsistent Shafiq.

Shaheen Afridi does not have a twin with the same name, he cannot play #10 and #11 in the same game, you should know that.
 
Not only do you want to gamble but you want to gamble in a World Cup, that too by first referring to mediocre Nawaz as a aggressive hard hitting batter and then having him open with inconsistent Shafiq.

Shaheen Afridi does not have a twin with the same name, he cannot play #10 and #11 in the same game, you should know that.
I don’t think anybody has a twin with the same name.
 
Not only do you want to gamble but you want to gamble in a World Cup, that too by first referring to mediocre Nawaz as a aggressive hard hitting batter and then having him open with inconsistent Shafiq.

Shaheen Afridi does not have a twin with the same name, he cannot play #10 and #11 in the same game, you should know that.

Sorry typo, number 11 Haris Rauf
 
Fakhar and Imam are badly out of form and are also not batting as per modern requirements. Why not gamble and select a team where you have a combination of aggressive hard hitting batters, aggressive wicket takers

1) Abdullah Shafiq
2) Mohd Nawaz
3) Babar Azam
4) Saud Shakeel
5) Mohd Rizwan
6) Iftikhar Ahmed
7) Shadab Khan
8) Usama Mir
9) Hasan Ali
10) Shaheen Afridi
11) Shaheen Afridi

Remember, this is a long tournament as well and at some point you will have to rest Shaheen, Rauf as well therefore Wasim Jr can come into the mix.

The sooner Pakistan can come up with a combination where you can maximize the chance of picking up 10 wickets and give certain players the pinch hitting role ie Nawaz, the better it is.

Don't see how this helps. Nawaz is a garbo bat, he won't last the early swing.

Abdullah wasn't groomed by our brainless management so don't expect to see the hard hitting confident batsmen you saw in test and odi, he isn't their yet and that's pur management's problem.

Rizzu isn't a striker, he's a Fodder accumulator and history showed he was more garage down the order then he was at the top, so him at no 5 ruins everything, rizzu just isn't talented enough but our fans are obsessed because stats galore.

Also why are their 2 shaheen afridi's here? You mean haris Rauf? Was that a typo?

Believe it or not our squad sucks. Only thing we can do is fake an injury and hope haris can slot in at 7 and pray to the heavens that fakhar comes good at the top.


This is what happens when you waste your 4 years and not groom anyone. The side that won the emerging acc Asia cup, they should have been given an extended run and shpuld have played the NZ 2nd string series.

But obviously unlike NZ that didn't care about getting thrashed 4-1 and they groomed 5 players, we pakistan are too obsessed with wanting no 1 ranks rather then actually winning world cups. No 1 zindabad.
 
Rumor is that Abrar might replace Wasim ..... just a rumor.
 
OP has started this thread as if Pakistan is on the verge of elimination. He wants wholesale changes after 1 match which Pakistan won easily.
 
We need to look at the definites and then work around that. Quite clearly Saud needs to play as many overs as possible because he can manipulate the field, play spinners well and has also shown he can accelerate as well as rebuild.

Had to be a shoe-in for no4

Babar has to be no3 - I don’t think there can be much argument about that.

The openers, it’s quite clear something needs to change. At the very least Abdullah needs to come in for Fakhar. We’ll deal with Imam ul Haq later.

Ordinarily I would never pick Iftikhar or Agha, but now they are there, play Iftikhar at 5 because he needs a bit of time to get going.

The selection of Agha depends on what we need to with the following problems: Imam and Rizwan

I would again never have Rizwan opening in an ODI as opening bowlers will make him dance, but people tell me that Rizwan is useless down the order too so let’s see what “the great”
Rizwan can do opening, drop Imam and put Agha in.

If Riz doesn’t want to dance, then put him in at 6 or promote him above Ifti if we lose 3 quick wickets.

Bowling wise Shaheen, Rauf select themselves and without any other options keep Hassan. If they’re not going to feign any injuries to bring in Abrar then Nawaz and Shadab should play too. If Abrar is drafted in, then play him instead of Shadab.

1. Abdullah
2. Rizwan / Imam
3. Babar
4. Saud
5. Ifti
6. Agha / Rizwan
7. Nawaz
8. Shadab / Abrar (obv if Abrar plays, he goes to No11 and everyone below moves up one
9. Hassan
10. Shaheen
11. Rauf

Still a pretty poor team, but that’s how you’ll get the most out of the pathetic squad that’s been selected
 
So you want to in with just 5 speacialist batsmen and one of whom has hardly any international experience. There is a sea of difference between coming in at the 40th over and hitting a few boundaries and opening in an ODI. Nawaz will be a walking wicket against the likes of Bumrah, Boult, Strac, Wood etc. With this line-up your tail literally starts at 7.

Pakistan has persisted with Fakhar since last world cup. makes no sense changing the combination 1 match before the crucial India-Pakistan match. If changing the combination is a must then opening with Rizwan and Imam is a better option as this will give the right-left combination but will also mean you will have top 3 playing at a similar pace.
 
Rumor is that Abrar might replace Wasim ..... just a rumor.

Yeah I don’t think they’ll replace their only pace bowler on the bench for another spinner lol.

Abrar is the back up for Shadab and Mir.

Zaman Khan is the back up for all the pacers.

Mohammad Haris is the back up for our two wicket keepers, Imam and Rizwan.
 
Bold would be making decisions that are not 'safe'.

Pinch-hitter, opening with a spinner etc.

I don't see such things happening, unless it's last chance saloon.
 
He can only come into the squad as an injury replacement player, as he's not in the squad of 15.
I agree. Social media rumor but the person who posted it was pretty certain about it. I personally think, if anything, they should bring in Harris in place of either Fakhar or Imam if somebody gets injured.
 
That was not the funniest thing in your post , opening with " hard hitting " Nawaz was the one, :LOL:

Nawaz at this point will not do any worse then the midget walking wicket Fakhar. He atleast provides a much needed spin bowling option in India
 
For the record Usama Mir can hit the ball a long way. He is not a mug with the bat lower down the order
 
Nawaz at this point will not do any worse then the midget walking wicket Fakhar. He atleast provides a much needed spin bowling option in India
Fakhar Zaman is a loose canon.

You don’t know when he can blow everyone away with a double hundred.

I really really fancy him doing a Saeed Anwar style innings on Indian soil.

He’s literally the only player on our side that can blast so hard and play that type of innings. Literally, no cap my guy.
 
It was a great decision by the management to go with Abdullah Shafique and it proved to be a very fruitful decision for the team.
 
I suppose I just don’t understand why we would have thought about drastically changing the team after the first game?

We won that game easily and now are about to get our biggest chase in World Cup history.
 
Need to drop Imam ul Haq. Either open the innings with Mohd Nawaz and give him the pinch hitting role or bring in Agha Salman who will provide an off spinning option. Need to also get Usama Mir in the side somehow.
 
Imam is just too rigid of a batsman. No dynamics whatsoever, and now he has an obvious weakness bowlers will be targeting. Imagine when Australia quicks sink their teeth into him.
 
I honestly don’t know what more it will take for Shadab to go.
 
how about bring in mohammed haris as shock selection and open against India. if it comes off, comes off, if it doesn't so be it we have good enough number 3,4,5 to "stabilize" along with Shafiq now to put on good score.

wait i just realized he is in reserves. :facepalm
 
make shadab open, if he gets some runs may give him confidence going into bowling also.

then add usama at the back as another spinner to take advantage of conditions, and then gives more depth in bowling, cover for shadab not to bowl full quota.
 
Don't see how this helps. Nawaz is a garbo bat, he won't last the early swing.

Abdullah wasn't groomed by our brainless management so don't expect to see the hard hitting confident batsmen you saw in test and odi, he isn't their yet and that's pur management's problem.

Rizzu isn't a striker, he's a Fodder accumulator and history showed he was more garage down the order then he was at the top, so him at no 5 ruins everything, rizzu just isn't talented enough but our fans are obsessed because stats galore.

Also why are their 2 shaheen afridi's here? You mean haris Rauf? Was that a typo?

Believe it or not our squad sucks. Only thing we can do is fake an injury and hope haris can slot in at 7 and pray to the heavens that fakhar comes good at the top.


This is what happens when you waste your 4 years and not groom anyone. The side that won the emerging acc Asia cup, they should have been given an extended run and shpuld have played the NZ 2nd string series.

But obviously unlike NZ that didn't care about getting thrashed 4-1 and they groomed 5 players, we pakistan are too obsessed with wanting no 1 ranks rather then actually winning world cups. No 1 zindabad.
We wouldn't get to see Abdullah batting confidently in the World Cup due to our brainless management lol
That's the thing. When you post like 100 times everyday without using your brain, you are proven wrong majority times
 
We wouldn't get to see Abdullah batting confidently in the World Cup due to our brainless management lol
That's the thing. When you post like 100 times everyday without using your brain, you are proven wrong majority times

What are you even on about? How is pcb management doing anything differently? They don't groom anyone or try anyone, They bring last minute changes and gone for miracles from players who haven't had proper experience yet.

In 2015 it was sarfi for nasir jamshed, in 2017 it was fakhar for shehzad and in 2023 its Abdullah for fakhar.

Same scenario all players had very few matches experience and were expected to replace and perform in pressure stages.

Pcb is lucky it keeps working, eventually that luck will run out.
 
What are you even on about? How is pcb management doing anything differently? They don't groom anyone or try anyone, They bring last minute changes and gone for miracles from players who haven't had proper experience yet.

In 2015 it was sarfi for nasir jamshed, in 2017 it was fakhar for shehzad and in 2023 its Abdullah for fakhar.

Same scenario all players had very few matches experience and were expected to replace and perform in pressure stages.

Pcb is lucky it keeps working, eventually that luck will run out.
There's no such thing as luck

Even having Abdullah in the squad should be credited to them. Many people wanted Shan
 
There's no such thing as luck

Even having Abdullah in the squad should be credited to them. Many people wanted Shan

Yes their is, PCB has no clue what their doing. The management never does. That's why they literally took nasir jamshed to the world cup lol when his form since 2013 was that of not being able to score even a double digit score.

In this campaign they literally discarded the 2 best performers of the emerging acc cup + Cpl saim ayub and tayyab tahir, because they lack experience when Abdullah has even less experience.

Our clueless captain favoured agha over saud until agha was rightfully exposed.

Abdullah is in because even though he lacks experience babar azam had a love affair with his technique and thought the lad was good in the same way his brain thinks shadab and nawaz are goated bowlers.

He's just pure lucky that Abdullah is the first investment he made that turned out to be correct. Even though he played an inexperienced lad in a pressure game with no prior match practise minus 2 games.

It is 110% luck. Then again I'm not suprised, you're the same guy who said the match that amir fixed in was a match we won 😂😂, even though we lost by an innings and 130+ runs.
 
Need to drop Imam ul Haq. Either open the innings with Mohd Nawaz and give him the pinch hitting role or bring in Agha Salman who will provide an off spinning option. Need to also get Usama Mir in the side somehow.
If you want to go in with a pinch hitter only then Haris should play.
 
I would gamble with the following team for the India Game

1) Abdullah Shafique
2) Mohammad Nawaz
3) Babar Azam
4) Mohd Rizwan
5) Saud Shakeel
6) Iftikhar Ahmed
7) Usama Mir
8) Mohd Wasim Jr
9) Hasan Ali
10) Shaheen Afridi
11) Haris Rauf

Indians love spin therefore playing an out of form Shadab is a bad idea, better to induct an extra pace option in Mohd Wasim Jr and get an in form spinner in Usama Mir who can also hit big shots down the order. Use Nawaz as a pinch hitter at the top
 
I would gamble with the following team for the India Game

1) Abdullah Shafique
2) Mohammad Nawaz
3) Babar Azam
4) Mohd Rizwan
5) Saud Shakeel
6) Iftikhar Ahmed
7) Usama Mir
8) Mohd Wasim Jr
9) Hasan Ali
10) Shaheen Afridi
11) Haris Rauf

Indians love spin therefore playing an out of form Shadab is a bad idea, better to induct an extra pace option in Mohd Wasim Jr and get an in form spinner in Usama Mir who can also hit big shots down the order. Use Nawaz as a pinch hitter at the top

Mir can't bat neither can Wasim.

It's simple drop Imam play Fakhar. Rest are locked.
 
how about bring in mohammed haris as shock selection and open against India. if it comes off, comes off, if it doesn't so be it we have good enough number 3,4,5 to "stabilize" along with Shafiq now to put on good score.

wait i just realized he is in reserves. :facepalm
Shadab should do the team a favor and get 'injured' . The worst spinner in the WC.
 
How can you even mention wasim junior who is not even a bowler surely the change which they dont have guts for is zaman khan..
 
What bold decisions can the team management take now?

In the squad that has been selected the only new players you can draft in without an injury are Usama Mir and Mohd Wasim Jr.

Ramiz was getting frustrated by Hassan Ali's lack of pace and conceded that Pakistan will need to look at taking a risk with the likes of Mohd Wasim Jr and Usama Mir.

I still maintain that we have no choice but to drop Imam and get another bowler in.
 
I wish someone would get 'injured' to make way for Abrar. It is a travesty that on these spinning tracks we are playing Babar's friends Shadab and Nawaz.
 
The sack race should start not on poor WC performance but on fitness test, all players retuning after WC debacle should immediately undergo a fitness,
 
The sack race should start not on poor WC performance but on fitness test, all players retuning after WC debacle should immediately undergo a fitness,
Looking at PCB Socials they went on a Great Indian Food Safari. Biriyani, Chapli Kebabs, Phirni, Even I saw in one video 6-7 players were having popcorns sold on Airport. They will fail these tests.
 
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