Saeed Anwar's career was spoilt

Saeed Anwar's career was spoilt

Post by Jay » Fri, 06 Dec 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>The Pak selectors have screwed Saeed Anwar's test career.

>I'm sorry to say I don't have exact figures, so forgive me if there's
>mistakes here, but:

>He made his debut AGES ago (around 1989) - and he's still considered
>fairly 'new'.

>He averages around 47, and is in superb form. He hasn't done like Ijaz or
>Hick and made a poor start followed by a good run of form. He has more or
>less ALWAYS been scoring runs, since 1989 or whenever. He's been around 7
>years, and has still not scored 2000 test runs, while still maintaining a
>world class average.

>So WHY was he dropped? I can't think of the reason, but I've heard lots
>of stories, as you do with paki cricket - Imran didn't like his face etc.

>I think if he'd been given a place in the team continuously, he'd now be
>rated as one of the best batsmen of the decade. His C&L rating is very
>low, ranging from 19 to about 12 or 11, but he's averaging high and
>scoring runs all over the place now.

When Saeed Anwar made his debut, Mohsin Hasan Khan was being dumped while
Mudasar was at the brink of retirement. The new faces were Aamir Sohail,
Aamir Malik, Shoaib, Akhtar etc. Each one of them was used inconsistently.
You are pointing out Anwar who never scored a double century in test. Think
of Shoaib. I am really amazed at the selection policies of Pak. Board. He
had the perfect technique and foot work but like Manjeraker in India, he
is been in and out of team. Reasons ?? Beats me. May be you have a better
idea. I guess Anwar is lucky that he is kept and not dumped like Shoiab or
Aamir Sohail.

regards
Jay

 
 
 

Saeed Anwar's career was spoilt

Post by Sailesh Krishnamurth » Fri, 06 Dec 1996 04:00:00

    Mohamed> He made his debut AGES ago (around 1989) - and he's
    Mohamed> still considered fairly 'new'.
    Mohamed> So WHY was he dropped? I can't think of the reason,

Perhaps because he made a pair on debut ?

Here are the details of his first 5 tests (from HowzStat).

23 Nov 1990 Faisalabad        0   Caught           1                            
2nd Test    West Indies       0   LBW                                          

10 Feb 1994 Auckland         16   Caught Behind                                
1st Test    New Zealand       7   Caught                                        

17 Feb 1994 Wellington      169   Run Out          1                            
2nd Test    New Zealand                                                        

24 Feb 1994 Christchurch     69   Caught                                        
3rd Test    New Zealand       0   Caught Behind             1    0   4   0      

 9 Aug 1994 Colombo (PSS)    94   Caught                                        
1st Test    Sri Lanka       136   Caught Behind                                

--
Cheers
Sailesh
http://www.cs.purdue.edu/people/krish

 
 
 

Saeed Anwar's career was spoilt

Post by Nick Weir-William » Fri, 06 Dec 1996 04:00:00

I know Graham Gooch made a pair on his test debut and was a laughing
stock for quite a few years before going on to a pretty successful
test career. Don't know if there were any others.

Nick W-W

Quote:
> Perhaps because he made a pair on debut ?

> Here are the details of his first 5 tests (from HowzStat).

> 23 Nov 1990 Faisalabad        0   Caught           1                            
> 2nd Test    West Indies       0   LBW                                          

> 10 Feb 1994 Auckland         16   Caught Behind                                
> 1st Test    New Zealand       7   Caught                                        

> 17 Feb 1994 Wellington      169   Run Out          1                            
> 2nd Test    New Zealand                                                        

> 24 Feb 1994 Christchurch     69   Caught                                        
> 3rd Test    New Zealand       0   Caught Behind             1    0   4   0      

>  9 Aug 1994 Colombo (PSS)    94   Caught                                        
> 1st Test    Sri Lanka       136   Caught Behind                                

> --
> Cheers
> Sailesh
> http://www.cs.purdue.edu/people/krish


 
 
 

Saeed Anwar's career was spoilt

Post by Syed Ahm » Fri, 06 Dec 1996 04:00:00



:>I know Graham Gooch made a pair on his test debut and was a laughing
:>stock for quite a few years before going on to a pretty successful
:>test career. Don't know if there were any others.

Quote:

>Nick W-W

Mark Taylor made a pair on his debut as a Captain against Pakistan.
Lost that test match, too. (when Inzamam and Mushtaq Ahmed made 59
runs for the last wicket to win the game for Pakistan.)

/Ahmad

/Ahmad

 
 
 

Saeed Anwar's career was spoilt

Post by Imran Sher Rafiqu » Wed, 11 Dec 1996 04:00:00


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<< However, I think that the Pak selectors' policies are starting to look
better than they were 3 or 4 years ago, or in fact, since the history of
Pakistan cricket. >>

I would definitely agree with this. In the past, we have probably been the only
country with stupider selection policies than England, but IMHO Majid (and his
selectors) are doing a good job.

They picked a well-balanced team for the England tour, and since then have taken
the opportunity to *** quite a few youngsters in less-important matches. True,
they haven't all come off, but Shahid Afridi (awesome innings), Muhammad Wasim
(a century on his Test debut, and in very trying circumstances), Muhammed Zahid
(a sensational 11 wicket Test debut) and Shahid Nazir (consistently good
performances) have been the result!

Obviously, these are all guys for the future, but even now they are keeping the
established players on their toes. If Inzi doesnt shape up, one can easily see
Pakistan replacing him. If Waqar is unfit, we have other pacer's to fill his
boots and do a pretty good job. Well, could you have imagined a year ago that
Pakistan could win a Test by an innings WITHOUT Wasim or Waqar??

Strength in depth! Ahh, bliss..... IMHO Pakistan have made tremendous strides
since hitting rock bottom against Sri Lanka last year.

By the way, regarding Saeed Anwar -
<<So WHY was he dropped? I can't think of the reason, but I've heard lots
of stories, as you do with paki cricket - Imran didn't like his face etc.>>

You may have meant that last part non-seriously, but I distinctly remember
reading in the great Khan's autobiography that Saeed was by far the most
talented batsman he had ever seen - "he could play shots the rest of us didnt
even think were possible". I think Saeed's problem early on was his impetuosity
(in batting terms!) - he has matured a lot since then.

<<No paki will ever be happy with any team not selected by himself,>>

I have to agree with this one :-))

    Regards,
           Imran Rafique.


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