Pakistan line-up

Pakistan line-up

Post by Rohan Chandr » Fri, 27 Oct 1995 04:00:00


All the fascinating debate on whether or not Salim Malik is a rich man
or SHane Warne is a cheat or whatever else got me to thinking how
Salim Malik fits into the Pakistan side...

And it looks to me that Pakistan have a bit of a dilemma in selecting
a Test match XI.

Assuming the bowling attack will consist of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis,
Aaquib Javed and most probably Saqlain Mushtaq (who looked a good
prospect against SL I thought - and what's more also looked a lot
closer to 19 than Ata, but that's another matter :-) ), there is place
for six batsmen and a 'keeper. And here's where the fun begins I reckon.

The seven batsmen in contention are: Aamir Sohail, Saeed Anwar, Saleem
Elahi, Rameez Raja, Salim Malik, Basit Ali and Inzamam ul-Haq. And of
these, I'd say only Inzamam's name goes down in ink at this stage (and
perhaps Aamir Sohail, great all-rounder that he has become :) ). Any
of the others could conceivably be left out.. So how does one make the
decision?

Rameez has got to play now. I was admittedly surprised when he was
recalled, but he's been captain, been sacked and scored runs in the
interim. No way can he not play.

Basit is still supposedly the big new hope, and IMO he is a big talent
with the bat. He's got to have a very strong case for his inclusion.

Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar are the almost-set-in-stone opening pair.
Can't possibly drop either of them. Sure, Saeed ANwar was injured, but
a la Sidhu, now that he's back, he's earnt his place and deserves it.

Saleem Elahi has shone like nobody's business since breaking onto the
scene. Seems awfully harsh to drop him now.

And Salim Malik. Well, there's absolutely no doubt that he has to be
in the side. If only to prove a point or ten at that...

so who doesn't play (assuming all these guys have decent run-ins to
the Tests)? Looks to me to be a toss up between Saleem Elahi and Basit
Ali, and I suspect that Basit will miss out to begin with. And I'm not
sure I like it one bit. Maybe they should play 7 batsmen with Aamir
Sohail as the 4th bowler :-)

And as for the 'keepers position.. two highly qualified candidates.
But this time I think it's clear that the incumbent stays. Rashid
Latif will have to sit in the shadows methinks.

Looking forward to this series........

Rohan [ what's with this ***y rain in Madras anyway? ] Chandran.

 
 
 

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Post by Rohan Chandr » Sat, 28 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>>these, I'd say only Inzamam's name goes down in ink at this stage (and

>You go on and change this later somewhat and ink in many others such
>Saeed Anwar.  

train of thought. On first run-through, I figured he was the only one,
and Sohail perhaps, who couldn't possibly be left out.

Quote:
>I was going to leave out Raja, but we now have this on
>irc topic:Pak 210 (AS74 MoM=RR106; JA5/40) bt Chairman's XI 207 (JL85)
>You planned this didn't you?:)

Absolutely. Timed it to perfection :)

So here's my take on the problem now. There are now two four day games
before the first Test. Over the course of these games, one of the
following scenarios will result.

1. All the contenders score at least one century and none outshines
any of the others.

2. All the contenders fail consistently, and only Inzamam, Moin Khan,
Rashid Latif and Aamir Sohail score significant runs.

3. Inzamam will fail miserably in four successive innings and everyone
else will do reasonably well

If scenario 1 unfolds, then since there is no grounds on which to make
a choice of whom to drop, Saleem Elahi will sit it out as the newcomer.

If scenario 2 unfolds, the same will happen.

If scenario 3 unfolds, Inzamam will not be dropped. Therefore Saleem
Elahi will sit it out for the same reason again.

Conclusion: Saleem Elahi will score at least 2 centuries in the
warm-up games, and will then be asked to carry the drinks for the
first Test.

Hence I'm plumping for: Aamir Sohail, Saeed Anwar, Inzamam ul Haq,
Salim Malik, Rameez Raja, Basit Ali, Moin Khan, Wasim Akram, Saqlain
Mushtaq, Waqar Younis, Aaquib Javed.

Of course, someone might suddenly decide to play a fifth bowler in
Mushtaq if he and Saqlain continue to outperform the others in warm up
matches. In which case I shall not bother to contemplate......

Rohan

 
 
 

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Post by Uday Raja » Sun, 29 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> If scenario 1 unfolds, then since there is no grounds on which to make
> a choice of whom to drop, Saleem Elahi will sit it out as the newcomer.
> If scenario 2 unfolds, the same will happen.
> If scenario 3 unfolds, Inzamam will not be dropped. Therefore Saleem
> Elahi will sit it out for the same reason again.

> Conclusion: Saleem Elahi will score at least 2 centuries in the
> warm-up games, and will then be asked to carry the drinks for the
> first Test.

For all his talent, it's been a while since Basit Ali delivered at the Test
level. He had a poor series vs Australia, did nothing against Zimbabwe, and
had one forgettable Test vs Sri Lanka. If Saleem Elahi gets some runs in the
warm-up games, I would pick him over Basit.

 
 
 

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Post by aqeel haide » Mon, 30 Oct 1995 03:00:00

I dis agree with you completely basit ali proved his metal in the series
against the west indies in the most testing circumstances,so please lets
give him another chance.
 
 
 

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Post by Syed M. A » Wed, 01 Nov 1995 04:00:00


]>
]> > If scenario 1 unfolds, then since there is no grounds on which to make
]> > a choice of whom to drop, Saleem Elahi will sit it out as the newcomer.
]> > If scenario 2 unfolds, the same will happen.
]> > If scenario 3 unfolds, Inzamam will not be dropped. Therefore Saleem
]> > Elahi will sit it out for the same reason again.
]> >  
]> > Conclusion: Saleem Elahi will score at least 2 centuries in the
]> > warm-up games, and will then be asked to carry the drinks for the
]> > first Test.
]>
]> For all his talent, it's been a  while since Basit Ali delivered at
]> the  Test level.  He had a  poor  series vs  Australia, did nothing
]> against  Zimbabwe, and had  one forgettable  Test  vs Sri Lanka. If
]> Saleem Elahi gets some runs in the warm-up  games, I would pick him
]> over Basit.

   Actually the  first six batting   slots are  automatically  filled,
   i.e., unless Pakistan decides  to play Moin/Rashid  at no.6.  Saeed
   Anwar is still in Pakistan, and in any case  he had been advised by
   his doctor to rest for two months, so technically he shouldn't even
   be playing in the series.

   As things stand, the most likely XI for the first Test would be:

    1) Aamir Sohail
    2) Saleem Elahi
    3) Ramiz Raja
    4) Inzimam-ul-Haq
    5) Saleem Malik
    6) Basit Ali
    7) Moin Khan
    8) Wasim Akram
    9) Saqlain Mushtaq
   10) Waqar Younis
   11) Aaqib Javed/Mushtaq Ahmed

   Syed
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Gott wuerfelt nicht  -- God does not play dice