Tour Game: Pakistanis vs Northamptonshire (Updates)

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Younis Khan will lead the side, and Inzi, Kaneria, and Moyo rested. Post updates here.

Younis Khan, the Pakistan vice-captain, returns from injury to lead his side in their four-day tour match against Northamptonshire. Younis, 28, was ruled out of the first Test at Lord's with a prolonged knee niggle but will captain in place of Inzamam-ul-Haq as an injury-hit Pakistan rest key players ahead of the second Test beginning July 27 at Old Trafford.

Younis has been in outstanding form since Bob Woolmer took over as coach in late 2004, and has racked off five hundreds in his last 11 Tests at an average of 77. Woolmer was more than pleased at news of Younis' availability and praised his the side for their performance in the drawn Lords's encounter. "He is 100% fit and will be back and firing, which is very good news for us," he has been quoted as telling BBC Sport. "The positives of the Test were that we didn't crumble in the face of a large total, that we continued the fighting spirit we have shown over the last 18 months and that we are still in the series with a chance of winning."

Pakistan have also decided to rest Abdul Razzaq, troubled by a back problem, Danish Kaneria, and Mohammad Yousuf, who struck a second consecutive double hundred against England in the first Test. Three back-up recruits to England, Taufeeq Umar, the left-handed opener, and fast bowlers Samiullah Niazi and Rao Iftikhar Anjum, have been included in the side to play the tour match.

Zaheer Abbas, the current Pakistan manager, conceded that the conditions in Northampton were not dissimilar to ones back home during the domestic season and that there would be little worry of acclimitisation. "It's very much like Pakistan," he said. "We are quite used to this weather. But we are also quite keen to give players who were under the sun last week a rest."

Arshad Khan, the offspinner, has reportedly been considered as another temporary recruit for Pakistan's tour.

© Cricinfo
 
"Arshad Khan, the offspinner, has reportedly been considered as another temporary recruit for Pakistan's tour"... :6:
 
Salman said:
"Arshad Khan, the offspinner, has reportedly been considered as another temporary recruit for Pakistan's tour"... :6:

:|
 
Arshad Khan - my personal fav...I wonder what Khalil is doing as well ?
 
imagine the bowling line up of khalil,rao,sami,arshad. i cant even try to imagine that gives me shivers!
 
roa has always done his job on the one day scene, dont know about test tho, this was time to bring some next new talent through like akhtar ayub
 
Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to bat first
 
Umpires: N G B Cook, N A Mallender
Northamptonshire: S D Peters, B M Shafayat, R A White, U Afzaal, S C Ganguly, D J G Sales, M H Wessels, B J Phillips, C Pietersen, D H Wigley, J F Brown
Pakistan: Imran Farhat, Salman Butt, Umar Gul, Faisal Iqbal, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, J Khan, R Iftikhar, A Khan, S Nazir, S Niazi
 
We bat until number five. No Afridi for some reason. :| And who the hell is J Khan?
 
Inzi, Moyo, Danish, Razzaq, Kaneria, Taufeeq, Afridi, Sami missing.

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Easa said:
Inzi, Moyo, Danish, Razzaq, Kaneria, Taufeeq, Afridi, Sami missing.

:|

I guess Woolmer doesn't want to put any extra pressure on Butt or Farhat and hence has decided not to play Taufeeq.
 
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why isnt sami playing why does he need a rest he didnt do anything in the first test
 
snazir6 said:
whos J khan?


Damn - didn't realise I was playing! Better get up to Northants pdq.

See we lost the toss again. No wories as long it increases the chance of winning the all important one at OT.
 
Easa said:
We bat until number five. No Afridi for some reason. :| And who the hell is J Khan?

rested as he is definite for next match i think because of ability to bowl
 
Jantal Khan
34/0
No TU means 2 out of the following 3 will play IF/SB/FI
Don't forget SA hurt his thumb
Sami not plaing means most likely to miss the OT test
 
Salman Butt
Imran Farhat
Younis Khan
Faisal Iqbal
J Khan (who?)
Kamran Akmal
Samiullah Niazi
Iftikhar Anjum
Shahid Nazir
Umar Gul
Arshad Khan


What was the point of bringing Taufeeq Umar as back up and not even given him a game, just say he is needed due to an injury, he will have had no practice in England.
 
Jannisar Khan

Pakistan

Full name Jannisar Khan
Born October 6, 1981, Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province
Current age 24 years 287 days
Major teams Pakistan Customs, Peshawar Cricket Association, Redco Pakistan Ltd
Also known as Jani
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium



Batting and fielding averages
class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 ct st
First-class 43 64 8 1453 159 25.94 2 7 24 0
List A 37 32 10 562 63 25.54 0 4 14 0
Twenty20 6 5 0 50 37 10.00 45 111.11 0 0 2 0

Bowling averages
class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
First-class 43 3345 2165 72 5/44 30.06 3.88 46.45 2 0
List A 37 1421 1326 40 5/20 5/20 33.15 5.59 35.52 0 2 0
Twenty20 6 91 104 9 3/11 3/11 11.55 6.85 10.11 0 0 0
 
Why is Umar Gul playing? If he is a definate (surely) for OT then he should be rested.
Sami should be playing as well as TU. No point playing me (J Khan) when I have no chance of making the team at OT. :D
 
well if umar gul is playing then he must be playing as a batsman because 4 bowlers already bowled and gul hasnt had a single over....could it be that cricinfo has got the wrong information???

i think at time like this we need to call upon the one person on this planet who can help us...he's faster then a speeding bullet, he can circumnavigate the earth in 2 mins, he can hit the ball into orbit and bowl at 150 mph...yes its time for NODDY BHAI!!!!!..
 
Im glad to see Jannisar Khan in the side, a couple of years ago he had real potential with his bowling which was around 90 mph but now hes still a decent seam bowler with the potential to bat anywhere in the top 7.
 
OK so jannisar khan is now bowling...gull hasnt had a bowl as yet...could it be that taufeeq umar is playing instead of gul???? i think that would be the logical assumption...
 
Northamptonshire giving our 3rd string bowlers a hammering.

71-0 (14.3)

Peters ~ 39 of 53 balls
Bilal ~ 30 of 35 balls

Shahid Nazir 6.0 0 29 0
Iftikhar Anjum 6.0 0 30 0
Samiullah Khan 1.3 0 7 0
Jannisar Khan 1.0 0 5 0
 
Nawaz said:
Im glad to see Jannisar Khan in the side, a couple of years ago he had real potential with his bowling which was around 90 mph but now hes still a decent seam bowler with the potential to bat anywhere in the top 7.

I agree, I saw Jannisar playing for Peshawar Panthers in the 20/20 tournament and he looked good. He's no Akhtar or Asif but he will do better than the likes of Sami or Rao.
 
Easa said:
Northamptonshire giving our 3rd string bowlers a hammering.

71-0 (14.3)

Peters ~ 39 of 53 balls
Bilal ~ 30 of 35 balls

Shahid Nazir 6.0 0 29 0
Iftikhar Anjum 6.0 0 30 0
Samiullah Khan 1.3 0 7 0
Jannisar Khan 1.0 0 5 0


and nothing else should be expected....its 30+ degrees out there and the wicket is flat and dry and with the weather we have been having over past month its likely that there is little grass on the outfield which means once ball beats infield then it will go for four...
 
Niazi Gets one its 71/1

Last wicket BM Shafayat c Younis Khan b ? 30 (72m 36b 3x4 0x6) sr: 83.33
fow: 71/1; partnership: 71 runs
 
Afridi_Fan said:
Niazi Gets one its 71/1

Last wicket BM Shafayat c Younis Khan b ? 30 (72m 36b 3x4 0x6) sr: 83.33
fow: 71/1; partnership: 71 runs

see how much we missed younis khan at lords???? he held on to a slip catch!!!!
 
too many practice matches man, flat pancakes aswell, btw is Ganguly playing?

quite honestly im not too interested in this match apart for the battle against ganguly
 
Rana said:
too many practice matches man, flat pancakes aswell, btw is Ganguly playing?

quite honestly im not too interested in this match apart for the battle against ganguly

Yep, Ganguly is playing.
 
IMMY69 said:
see how much we missed younis khan at lords???? he held on to a slip catch!!!!

i still dont understand inzy, after farhat dropped like 4 catches he still kept that guy in the slips! :9:
 
Rana said:
i still dont understand inzy, after farhat dropped like 4 catches he still kept that guy in the slips! :9:

it may seem strange to many people but i think he just didnt have any other options...he himself was at first slip and he probably felt that no one else was up to it and fact that farhat has done second slip in the past probably help make his mind up...
 
Afternoon fellow PPers, just got in. Any chance of a quick summary ? how well are the boys playing ?

(Many thanks in advance).
 
IMMY69 said:
it may seem strange to many people but i think he just didnt have any other options...he himself was at first slip and he probably felt that no one else was up to it and fact that farhat has done second slip in the past probably help make his mind up...


Or does Inzi feel that Farhat need to watch other batsmen play... so his sticks him in the slips so that he has the best view of how other batsmen play on these pitches...
 
Inzy does have a bad back which means that he likes to take a break from the slips from time to time. Also apart from Farhat we didn't have anyone else. A shame that Faisal didn't learn a few things from his Uncle, and I don't understand why Yousef never developed his catching.
 
Salman said:
Or does Inzi feel that Farhat need to watch other batsmen play... so his sticks him in the slips so that he has the best view of how other batsmen play on these pitches...

That makes more sense when you consider the third slip was Butt :)))
 
Rao going at 5 an over, why waste the air fare by bringing him here. Well at least we are trying a new guy in Jannisar Khan and he has a wicket. Niazi should have opened instead of the pie thrower Rao. Some of the ideas and selections is mind boggling.

I think we have guessed right it is Taufeeq and not Gul.

117-2 @ lunch.
 
I hope they take this as a hint not to include Rao. The further away he is from the team the better.
 
Bowling O M R W Econ
Shahid Nazir 6 0 29 0 4.83
Iftikhar Anjum 6 0 30 0 5.00
Samiullah Khan 7 1 27 1 3.85 (2nb, 1w)
Jannisar Khan 5 0 28 1 5.60
Arshad Khan 2 0 3 0 1.50 (1nb)

On this performance i guess only Niazi is raising his hand for a spot at OT or may be Arshad Khan but i cant see the other one having a place so it might be Niazi for Sami ..that is so far
 
So is it confirmed that this is the OT attack and they are warming up :p wishful thinking...
 
I guess from that bowling line up Sami Niazi probabaly merits a place for the 2nd test.
 
Uzzy said:
I guess from that bowling line up Sami Niazi probabaly merits a place for the 2nd test.

who would you bring him in for, will we finally get an anti Mo. Sami post from you?

Good point Gasher
 
Whippy squash said:
who would you bring him in for, will we finally get an anti Mo. Sami post from you?

Good point Gasher

I would say bring him in for Sami just for the 2nd test and if he looks good then keep him if not bring Sami back. Anyway i've never seen Niazi bowl so it would be nice to see him in the 2nd test.
 
Whippy squash said:
who would you bring him in for, will we finally get an anti Mo. Sami post from you?

Good point Gasher


Well Obviously Sami has to go as far as i am concerned there are no 2 ways about that he was far less thanan attack bowler and we cant just keep on giving him the chances because just imran Kahnrates him high or he gaves Mo.Sami some tips
 
Yasir Arafat hit 67 of 75 today. He has taken a wicket too. Shame he isnt playing intstead of Rao.
 
Even Yasir Arafat would be a good choice. He's made a few fifties for sussex and taken 4-fers and 5-fers.
 
Uzzy said:
I would say bring him in for Sami just for the 2nd test and if he looks good then keep him if not bring Sami back. Anyway i've never seen Niazi bowl so it would be nice to see him in the 2nd test.

When will his fans accept that he is a total waste of space and does not deserve a place in the Pakistan side? Weren't I supposed to have been proved wrong by Sami after 4 wickets in the warm up game, only for him to face some real opposition in the test match, and I ended up right after all. :p
 
Sami should be given one LAST chance on a pacy OT wicket.

This would be my team:

Butt, Farhat, Younis, Moyo, Inzi*, Afridi, Akmal+, Razzaq, Sami, Gul, Kaneria
 
Whippy squash said:
When will his fans accept that he is a total waste of space and does not deserve a place in the Pakistan side? Weren't I supposed to have been proved wrong by Sami after 4 wickets in the warm up game, only for him to face some real opposition in the test match, and I ended up right after all. :p

Just on the basis of 1 test? There's still 3 more tests to go.
 
Easa said:
Sami should be given one LAST chance on a pacy OT wicket.

This would be my team:

Butt, Farhat, Younis, Moyo, Inzi*, Afridi, Akmal+, Razzaq, Sami, Gul, Kaneria

And if/when he fails again, people will say he has to be given one last chance on an unpredictable Headingley wicket or whatever. The Sami sympathy squad has to give up now...

Uzzy - if Sami had been playing for any other major test nation he would have been kicked out long ago. A young bowler deserves a chance for the rest of the series, because
a) they can't possibly do worse
b) if they showed more application in developing their talent than Sami is, they might actually turn out very good, something Sami is not!
 
Whippy squash said:
And if/when he fails again, people will say he has to be given one last chance on an unpredictable Headingley wicket or whatever. The Sami sympathy squad has to give up now...

I've never been a big Sami fan but if the wicket is pacy, I will definetly include him.
 
Whippy squash said:
And if/when he fails again, people will say he has to be given one last chance on an unpredictable Headingley wicket or whatever. The Sami sympathy squad has to give up now...

Uzzy - if Sami had been playing for any other major test nation he would have been kicked out long ago. A young bowler deserves a chance for the rest of the series, because
a) they can't possibly do worse
b) if they showed more application in developing their talent than Sami is, they might actually turn out very good, something Sami is not!

Hence why i said Niazi should come in for Sami for the next test. If he impresses then keep him if not and I'm talking really badly here then go back to Sami.
 
188-2 and the posts have surprisingly dried up. :p
 
Whippy squash said:
188-2 and the posts have surprisingly dried up. :p

we know the England camp are watching and we want them to relax so we can spring Khalil on them in the second test with their defences down!
 
Could someone enlighten me on which omissions tday have anything to do with

a) the selection for the 2nd test
b) injuries
c) people being rested
 
Whippy squash said:
Could someone enlighten me on which omissions tday have anything to do with

a) the selection for the 2nd test
b) injuries
c) people being rested

Kaneria, Inzi, Afridi, and Razzaq are being rested.

Sami probably to make way for one of the bowlers currently playing.
 
Thats a good question. If he is not bowling why is he in the team.
 
i have a feeling that Sami will play at OT :( ... and this time around my parents are home so cant dish out galiyan like last test :(
 
and where did this jannisar guy come from? if he was called from Pakistan, then we couldve gone for Yasir Ali or someone like that...
 
sneekysneeky said:
and where did this jannisar guy come from? if he was called from Pakistan, then we couldve gone for Yasir Ali or someone like that...

Nah, just read on bbc, jani and arshad are playing league cricket in England and were brought in, coz half the players didn't want to play, and rightly so.
 
or is Gul actually in the side? ...maybe its a mistake....


considering from the team list we have only 4 recognised batsmen playing,1 wk and 6 bowlers.....looks like a long tail to me.

i reckon its a mistake and Taufeeq Umar is playing.
 
If 52 overs have gone by, and Gul hasn't bowled, I am 90% sure that Crapinfo screwed up and mixed up Gul and Umar. (get it?) Its always like this for P-matches, and obviously its Taufeeq, and not Umar (hahahhaha).

Nice showing by J Khan and Samiulllah. Each have picked up a wicket. And I don't blame Pakistan for not taking wickets, as its a dry flat pitch, and so hot outside and the match doesn't mean anything for anyone.
 
I think Taufeeq should have played this match as he is in line to make a comeback.

Gul has picked up a inury? Is that the reason he's not bowled. Or was it that he was in the team just to make up a playing XI

Anyways, 6 bowlers have bowled so far

And why would you want a warmup in the middle of a series??
The response is most of the regular players dont want to play due to fear of picking up an injury :)))
 
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