Babar, Nawaz selected for West Indies Tests

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Babar, Nawaz selected for West Indies Tests

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 8, 2016.

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Oct 8, 2016 at 1:23 PM
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    Pakistan have announced their test squad for the day-night test match vs West Indies.

    Babar Azam, who scored three centuries in the ODI series, has earned a test call up and is likely to make his debut, in the absence of veteran batsman Younis Khan, who is recovering from dengue and will miss the first test.

    Mohammad Nawaz has also earned a test call up and is likely to slot in at No. 6, giving Pakistan a fifth bowling option.

    The rest of the squad does not contain any major surprises. There are 5 pacers in the squad, indicating healthy competition, but there are no back up batsmen in the squad, which could possibly be an issue if someone gets injured on the eve of the game.

    According to chief selector Inzamam ul Haq, Amir is likely to team up with the rest of the squad on Monday, while Younis Khan is likely to return for the second test.

    The squad is as follows: Misbah ul Haq (c), Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan & Imran Khan
     
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 8, 2016.

    1. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Good thing is that Hafeez is dropped.
       
    2. Bilal123
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      Bilal123 Tracer Bullet

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      So Babar almost certain to make his test debut now. Hope he can score big in this format too. Pakistan could do with a reliable no. 4 once YK and Misbah go.
       
    3. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      WTH just noticed there are only 5 pure batsmen in this squad.
       
    4. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      So Nawaz & Babar both will be playing in the first test for sure.
       
    5. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Batting looks very weak without the big man Younis Khan.
       
    6. Ahson8
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      Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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      It's the West Indies; we should cope.

      Ideal chance to groom Babar as a replacement for Younis, YK has been a great servant for Pakistan cricket in tests but won't last forever.
       
    7. ComradeVenom
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      ComradeVenom Tracer Bullet

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      I like Zulfi he has performed ok but ther is no need for him...youngster should get a chance against a weak Windies side.
       
    8. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      He will warm the bench it seems.
       
    9. Shahzad.Firdous
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      1. Sami Aslam
      2. Babar Azam
      3. Asad Shafiq
      4. Azhar Ali
      5. Misbah
      6. Nawaz
      7. Sarfraz
      8. Amir
      9. Wahab Riaz
      10. Yasir Shah
      11. Sohail Khan
       
    10. MNA
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      MNA Smooth Operator

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      Nawaz in tests is potentially a good technical move. He can bowl useful left arm spin and can stick around in lower middle order to help misbah, sarfraz and co. build partnerships.
       
    11. KingOfDoosra
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      Time to replace Zulfiqar Babar with Mohammad Asghar. Not a fan of Sami Aslam either, don't think he's ready yet.

      Btw I get the feeling Pakistan is getting too complacent, not sure if it'd be a good thing if Nawaz plays instead of a specialist batsman.
       
    12. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Yes I don't like this 5 bowlers startegy. We did very well with 4 bowlers in the past 2-3 years.
       
    13. Ahson8
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      In the past 2-3 yrs, Hafeez was the 5th bowler.
       
    14. Shahzad.Firdous
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      You need an allrounder for sure. Allrounder chips in and provides the breakthrough when other bowlers get tired or are not able to break a partnership./ Picking 20 wickets is a must in a test match and these guys are good enough to get the runs in my opinion. If they can consistently get runs in England, then they can surely do that in UAE as well@@ even in the absence of Younus Khan!!
       
    15. Shahzad.Firdous
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      These days its specially harder than in the past to pick 20 wkts in a test match in any part of the world and this is UAE where pitches have no life for bowlers!! So you need 5 bowlers atleast in this day and age!! Role of bowlers get more important as batsmen will get runs anyhow!!
       
    16. KingOfDoosra
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      KingOfDoosra Sultan of Swing

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      Removing a specialist batsman that too in the absence of Younis Khan is a bad move. If Younis was playing it would've been okay against the West Indies.
       
    17. Shahzad.Firdous
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      For winning, you need to pick 20 wickets in a test match~~ If you dont pick bowlers, even west indies will survive and you have to go with attacking strategy rather than being defensive and Babar Azam has got 3 centuries in odi series so he will adequately replace Younus!!
       
    18. KingOfDoosra
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      KingOfDoosra Sultan of Swing

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      Babar is a nobody compared to Younis, I'd rather have one younis than 2 babars in the test team.
       
    19. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Yaar check the last 2-3 years most of the tests are finishing inside 4 days some even in 3 days.
       
    20. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Pakistan is taking WI lightly here. Their bowling is not so bad.
       
    21. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Woh to apni jaga hai Babar can not be compared with Younus in any way but my argument is that if he can get 3 consecutive 100s in ODI's then surely he can replicate that in test cricket as well!!
       
    22. Ahson8
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      Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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      Going by that logic, Younis was also a 'nobody' once.

      Look Younis is not going to last forever; it's important to develop replacements and Babar is probably one of the better ones.
       
    23. KingOfDoosra
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      KingOfDoosra Sultan of Swing

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      I didn't say Babar shouldn't play lol. I said the extra all rounder shouldn't play.

      Azhar
      --------- idk
      Asad
      Younis
      Misbah
      Babar
      Sarfraz
       
    24. ElRaja
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      not a bad selection, pak isnt flowing with domestic talent when it comes to batting, yk has no replacement, hes not playing tho, so no point dwelling on that.

      azhar and sami opened in england, against england and did ok, no logical reason why they should not be able to handle a weaker bowling attack in friendlier conditions.

      asad, babar, misbah, nawaz, looks weak without yk, but will be good to see if asad shafiq can move up a level mentally, since he has the technical ability, to be the focus of the middle order. babar is in good form, misbah has consistently been a force on slow pitches, nawaz has a decent first class record.

      sarfraz i expect to hold strong if the top order do fail, his runs down the order will be important.

      sohail, aamir and yasir can be expected to add some decent runs down the order, if pak can take twenty wickets, im not too worried about the batting.
       
    25. MNA
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      Not sure Pakistan needs even four bowlers against WI at the UAE given we have someone like Yasir Shah who is going to run through their line up like a knife through butter.
       
    26. Ahson8
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      Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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      A fifth bowler always helps, but yeah, not all too comfortable with Nawaz's batting at this stage. He should be fine vs WI, I guess.
       
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      Good to know Sohail Khan will probably play, I really think he can do wonders with the pink ball.
       
    28. ElRaja
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      despite his effort in the first innings i was quite concerned to see babar getting opened up by 130kph bouncers, will need to sort out his approach to the short stuff otherwise australians nanga kar dein gai aus mein.

      nawaz looks like a decent prospect, bowls some real jaffas, needs to contribute with runs tho. think he could be a useful squad player for tests in the middle east.
       
    29. iAd
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      iAd Sultan of Swing

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      How do you people expect to replace a Younus with another Younus. The only way is to groom one. Which is basically Babar.

      And Nawaz didn't come in place of Younus. He replaced Hafeez. The only difference being he plays down the order.

      I think we need an AR in tests now. Given enough opportunities I think Nawaz can prove himself. Our test team has been stable for the last 6 years but with the exits of Hafeez & Ajmal. The fact we never found a solid replace for Taufeeq and the imminent exits of Younus & Misbah we need new blood. Its better if we slowly try out new players and give them experience. Let the promotion of Azhar & Asad up the order and the inclusion of Babar & Nawaz be the first step in building a new test team just how Virat & Rohit slowly were added as Dravid & Laxman were exiting
       

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