Light at the end of the tunnel

So the squads for the ODI and T20 series against South Africa have finally been announced, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but for the first time I’m actually almost completely satisfied with the selection they’ve made. How’d that happen? I guess the PCB selection committee might’ve read all my gazillion tweets about my unhappiness with their selection and decided to do right by me this time.

For those of you who aren’t already familiar with the squads (are you sure you’re a cricket fan?), here they are:

T20 Team: Muhammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Irfan, Ahmed Shehzad, Junaid Khan, Umar Amin, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali

ODI Team: Misbah ul Haq, Muhammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Asad shafiq, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Muhammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Imran Farhat, Abdur Rehman

My biggest shock was the selection of Shahid Afridi for the ODI squad after having been dropped recently. I’m EXTREMELY glad that the selectors decided to remember the numerous games he’s won for us through his batting (okay not so much now) and bowling. I know half the world will probably hate PCB for selecting him again after his recent letdowns, but I think it’s a really brave move, and a good one at that. You can’t treat a legend, who has dedicated more than half his life to playing cricket for your country and giving you uncountable cricket memories to cherish, by just dropping him and criticizing the hell out of him after a few bad matches. I mean every player has his bad day, but that doesn’t mean you negate the rest of his life because of that. Remember Shoaib Malik? He lost his form recently and given some time, he’s batting as well as ever. Our fans seriously need to stop treating the players like crap and cursing them for every minute little mistake they make. I’m sure all of you have a few bad days at work and aren’t always able to perform to your full potential?

Okay, slight distraction there (I always get emotional and defensive when people criticize players for no reason). Now, back to the squad discussion. My biggest disappointment? The selection of Imran Farhat, AGAIN! I mean seriously? How many more chances are you going to give this guy? The PCB selection committee is definitely aware that the whole world knows the only reason he keeps getting picked is due to his huge WASTA, so why degrade yourself and worsen your image even more by selecting him yet again? Why not think about our team’s future and give his spot to a youngster to groom him and give him some international experience, instead of wasting this space on a player who’s proven his uselessness on numerous occasions? Makes so much more sense! Anyway, I guess we’ll just have to wait for Farhat to retire, so that we can finally stop seeing his face.

I don’t really understand the inclusion of Wahab either. I mean they could’ve included some new bowler like Rahat Ali or Ehsan Adil who desperately need grooming. But then I remember those 5 wickets he took against India in that I-hope-I-can-forget-one-day World Cup semifinal, and I guess Wahab isn’t so bad.

Now all I hope is that the captains use these players well because this light is our only hope to win the ODI and T20 series after the dark tunnel of the three tests. Okay if not both, at least one of them so that there’s at least some part of this series that doesn’t depress me to death.

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6 thoughts on “Light at the end of the tunnel

  1. zainbinimran says:

    Well, I kinda disagree. Yes, I do believe that Farhat had enough chances already but if you look at the current domestic season, both Wahab and Farhat have performed in their positions. Farhat has scored some 5 tons and Wahab has taken around 20 wickets or more in 3 matches. Including a hattrick against Afghanistan.

    Btw, Farhat ain’t getting chance as long as we win the series or Nasir gets injured.

    • girlslovecricket says:

      Thank you for your comments. Like we’ve said before, we do not look at what their statistics to decide if they deserve a place in the team. Farhat is a blatant example of using connections to unfairly enter the team, while taking up space for someone far more worthy.
      All we’re hoping for is Farhat to NOT be preferred over Jamshed in the ODIs now.

  2. lambaadmee says:

    I get the appeal of including Afridi in the squad. He is the embodiment of Pakistani cricket: often disappoints, prone to be irrational, illogical and controversial, but always capable of pulling off performances that defy circumstances.

    But disappointingly in Afridi’s case, the last part has turned increasingly rare. Maybe it’s time for Pakistani cricket to adopt a sane method of cricket? A reliable one? One that does not include Afridi on the basis of “us nay bohut matches jitwayay hai” but if it has to, it includes him on his recent excellent domestic performances (which isn’t the case right now).

    Though it has to be said, Pakistani cricket would be poor without its unpredictablity. It is that nature that I’m a fan of. You could never get to see something like Umar Gul’s magnificent stint with the bat during the SA-Pak T20 match or Razzaq’s century at AbuDhabi being a fan of any other team.

    Maybe Afridi disappoints this time around too, maybe he doesn’t… we can’t be certain. One thing that is certain is that a contribution from Afridi has been due for some time now. And his place in the team needs to be adjudicated for the next tours based on his RECENT performances.

    • Pakistan cricket following a sane method of cricket? Don’t really see that happening. Not having Afridi in the team won’t change that. He’s not the only inconsistent player we have.

      Honestly, we don’t believe he’s been as bad as everyone is making him out to be. Yes, he hasn’t been able to match the likes of Ajmal or Junaid and he’s not performing as well as he used to, but he’s still a pretty decent bowler. Maybe we’re just blind Afridi fans who just want to grasp at any opportunity to see him perform. We know that Afridi is going to have to retire soon, but all we really want is to see him leave as the player he used to be. And for that reason, we really don’t care how many more disappointing performances it takes to get there. Like I said, blind Afridi fans.

  3. Chota Admee says:

    Imran Farhat is the bomb! He will hit another century that torments the world with it’s lack of class soon! But by god he will score!

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