Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Stats check: Know the new boys in Pakistani team!

Finally PCB has announced T20 and ODI squads for West Indies tour. Overall, it’s not a worthy selection as many of them are same old and tested players but a few youngsters have managed to win the place. Let’s have a look at their stats.

Hammad Azam (All-rounder)
An emerging all-rounder who is equally good with bat and ball and has all potential to fill the void Abdur Razzak and Azhar Mehmood left long time back.

First Class matches: 36
Batting Average: 24.50                  
100: 1    50: 7
Wickets: 56
In last 10 domestic matches: 204 runs (Including 74*, 66), 8 wickets

Haris Sohail (Batsman)
Sialkot Stallions’ super hero, a talented left-handed middle-order striker and a match-winner – he can be the X-factor Pakistani team has been missing.

First Class matches: 53
Batting Average: 52.75                  
100: 11                  50: 22
Twenty20 Average: 72.83 in 14 matches
In last 10 domestic matches: 313 (Including 99, 62*, 56*, 34)

Asad Ali (Medium Pacer)
An emerging fast bowler with controlled line and length. In the warmup ODI for Champions Trophy, he grabbed 3 wickets against South Africa.

First class matches: 78
Wickets: 355      
5-wickets haul: 24 times
In last 8 domestic matches: 18 wickets

Zulfiqar Babar (Spinner)
A left-arm orthodox bowler, Zulfiqar. He said to be one of the most successful bowlers in domestic seasons.
First Class matches: 63
Wickets: 309                     
5-Wickets haul: 19 times
In last 10 domestic matches: 6 wickets

Mohammad Rizwan (Wicketkeeper)
The 21 year-old wicketkeeper is said to be a budding talent.
First class matches: 35
Catches: 116                      
Stumps: 6
Batting Average: 44.32
100: 3      50: 12
In last 10 domestic matches: 14 catches,  3 stumps

Squad for WI: What Gaindballa thinks..

Team selection for West Indies tour: Good to see Harris Sohail, Hammad Azam and Asad Ali given a chance in the team. Shahid Afridi and Ahmad Shahzad’s comeback may also strengthen the batting. Good decision to use Umar Akmal as wicket-keeper. Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal deserved to be dropped. Inclusion of Sohail Tanvir and Umar Amin is a disaster. ODI Captain Misbah-ul-Haq is still a turtle!

Pakistan announced squad for West Indies tour

ODI Squad:

Misbah-ul-Haq (c)
Nasir Jamshed
Ahmad Shahzad
Mohammad Hafeez
Asad Shafiq
Umar Akmal (Wk)
Shahid Afridi
Saeed Ajmal
Wahab Riaz
Junaid Khan
Mohammad Irfan
Umar Amin
Mohmmad Rizwan (Wk)
Abdur Rehman
Harris Sohail

T20 Squad 

Mohammad Hafeez (C)
Nasir Jamshed
Ahmad Shahzad
Harris Sohail
Umar Akmal (Wk)
Shahid Afridi
Saeed Ajmal
Sohail Tanvir
Wahab Riaz
Mohammad Irfan
Asad Ali
Umar Amin
Zulfiqar Babar
Junaid Khan
Hammad Azam