By: Nida Zahra
Pakistan were clinical in their performance however they were helped by some undisciplined bowling by the Australians (26 extras) but wonderful performance by both Saeed Ajmal and Azhar Ali ensured Pakistan was through to victory. This win has now set up the stage for the series clincher in Sharjah on Monday.
The right arm fast bowler has been ruled out of the ODI series against Afghanistan and Pakistan in the UAE following a hamstring strain and has been replaced by 21 year old Alister McDermott.
Pakistan chief selector Iqbal Qasim has clarified that Younis Khan and Umar Gul should not consider themselves axed, As the team will need their services in the future.
This has to be one of the most awaited series for Pakistan. The hype is not as it should have been thanks to the shortened tour and the ICC World T20 looming around but this is going to be the real test for Pakistan in a long time.
Australia may not be the best team in the world now or as much threatening but for sure they are one to the toughest opponents and a team that fights till the end. Last time both teams met was during the World Cup and Pakistan were the winners.
Nature can't be blamed for this dearth in talent, as Pakistan had the best new ball pair in the World at this time. Sadly they chose to go in the wrong path, rather than write their own bit of greatness in the history of Pakistan fast bowling. The demise of the two Mohammad's, Asif and Amir, brought the pressure on Umar Gul and he was left with the responsibility to lead the attack.
To be fair, Gul started with great endeavour. He seemed to rise to the new added pressure on him. He saw this, a chance to come out of the shadows of Asif and Amir and make his own mark. Gul seemed a match winner, someone finally repaying that huge potential that everyone knew he had. Before this he had only really done it in Twenty20 cricket, with ODI's to some extent. Now Gul had arrived in Test cricket too, someone that had gained the respect of his teammates and opposition alike.
The Pakistan Selection Committee has finally announced the ODI squad for series against Australia in U.A.E starting from the end of August. Though, they have given a chance to young blood this time but they have disappointed a lot of people and their expectations.
I won't hesitate to say sadly that our great selection committee is wasting one of the great talent and future of Pakistan Cricket, namely Ahmed Shehzad.
Why isn't he getting a chance? And on what basis are selections being made? This is what we need to ask from PCB and need to raise our voices otherwise we'll lose a great young blood like we have already lost hundreds in the past.
The committee has also given rest to Younis Khan and Umar Gul. It's good that they're given rest but whom are they replaced by? SHOAIB MALIK! When he hasn't got any outstanding performance in domestic.
And lastly, they have included Kamran Akmal. What was the reason to have him in ODI squad when we already have Sarfaraz who is also very talented. Obviously Kamran Akmal won't be playing 2015 world cup so it's time we need to think about the bright future of PCT and make it a solid side for upcoming 2015 world cup and we can only do that if we give regular chances to young talented players instead of recalling seniors again and again.
Nephew of Pakistani legend, Inzamam-ul-Haq, is highly thought of within Pakistani ranks. His rise to prominence has been quick, despite only playing Under-19 level this year. Playing at number 3, Imam started his World Cup with a disappointing 25; though he is confident that he can go on and achieve big.
Imran Asghar (IA): Salaam Imam, thanks for taking the time out to speak to us during such a prestigious time for you.
Imam-ul-Haq (IuH): No problems Imran bhai. It's my pleasure to be speaking to you.
IA: Tell us about your young but fledging career?
IuH: I started playing cricket and took great interest in the game. I kept playing cricket with passion and just concentrated on enjoying playing. Then this year I got a chance in PIA's Under-19 team and performed really well. My performances started to get noticed and people started to say I will get picked for the South Africa series. That never materialised, but Allah knows best for one and it might have been beneficial to my career in the end. I carried on my good form and then was selected for the Asia Cup. Then I debuted against India and scored 88. The next two games I also made half centuries. We have had 3 practise games recently and I performed too. I am now representing my country in the World Cup.