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    "Mohammad Amir's playing schedule needs to be managed better by the PCB" : Yasir Arafat

    In his latest blog for PakPassion.net, Yasir Arafat writes about the reasons for Pakistan's dismal showing in the Test series against Sri Lanka, why Mohammad Amir should not play county cricket, Hasan Ali's bright future, role of Sarfaraz Ahmed in his side's rise to the top in T20I rankings and Pakistan's chances in the 2019 World Cup.


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    Pakistan missed Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan in Tests

    In order to fully understand the reasons for Pakistanís recent dismal performance in Tests against Sri Lanka, we need take into account the huge vacuum left in our middle-order by the departure of two of our top batsmen in Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. It would be easy to blame the bowlers for our defeats but the facts are that when it was time to score runs, our batting failed miserably.

    In the first Test, we just had a target of 136 to score and a team like Pakistan should have achieved that target with the loss of a few wickets but that did not happen. Our Test batting line-up showed its inexperience and succumbed to the pressure. In the past, when chasing such a small target we still lost a few wickets but then the wiser heads of Misbah and Younis would walk on to the pitch, calm the situation down and lead the team to a victory. This kind of stability was missing in the middle-order and Pakistan lost pretty much both matches due to this reason.

    Although we did have the somewhat experienced Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq in our batting line-up, they did not rise-up to the occasion and perhaps missed the helping hand and confidence that the two retired batsmen used to provide in the past, especially in pressure situations. Going forward, both Azhar and Asad will need to take on the challenge and bear the responsibility of holding the Pakistan innings together. They have the best technical skills in the team and the experience to make this happen but whether they have the will to do this is yet to be seen.


    Mickey Arthur and Sarfaraz Ahmed chose the best Test bowling attack available

    I have heard a lot of criticism about lack of spin options in the Pakistan Test team especially when playing in the UAE but here is the issue. At the end of the day, the coach and captain must feel comfortable with the bowling attack they feel has the capability to take 20 wickets for their team. The Test line-up for both games was based upon the team-managementís call and itís not as if Pakistan have had no success in the past. The same management took decisions which won us the Champions Trophy so we should give them a little more credit in terms of their ability to make judgement calls about what team to play and so on.

    We all know how good Yasir Shah is as a spinner and he did show his class during the Test series but the coach did not feel comfortable with the other spinners he had in the squad to risk them in the line-up for an important series. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but the fact is that selection decisions were taken with the best interest of the team and by competent people. Regardless of the merits of the selection of the bowling attack, the fact is that it wasnít the bowling that let us down in this series but the failure of our batsmen to handle key pressure situations during the games and that is what we should focus on improving in the future.


    PCB needs to take special care of work-load on Mohammad Amir

    I have been saying this before and will repeat it again. If Mohammad Amir or any other bowler is to be used in Test matches, then the PCB will need to ensure that they do not play 4-day county cricket games. Amir's playing schedule needs to be managed better by the PCB. I understand that playing in the county circuit is an important part of a playerís progress but it is pretty severe in physical aspects in terms of number of games that a professional is asked to play in a season with limited time to recover in between.

    Mohammad Amir performed brilliantly for Essex in the summer and helped them to a historic county title but that caused strain on his body and we saw the effects of that in his breakdown in the second Test in Dubai where his energy levels were nowhere near what was expected of a top-class bowler. He is not the young fast-bowler of many years ago and if he is to be an integral part of Pakistanís Test squad in the future then he should not play the 4-day version in England.

    Yes, he can continue to take part in the shorter formats of the game at all levels but the longer format should be limited to a few games and mostly to Tests for Pakistan. It is Amirís good fortune that there are no Test matches until May next year so he has plenty of time to recover but he is quite fantastic in the shorter forms of the game as we saw in the series against Sri Lanka. He will also be a handful for the opposition when Pakistan tour New Zealand for the LOI series later on where the bowling conditions will suit him just fine.


    Like Umar Akmal, only Ahmed Shehzad can help Ahmed Shehzad

    I wrote something similar about Umar Akmal in the past and let me state the same for Ahmed Shehzad as well. Only Ahmed Shehzad can help Ahmed Shehzad. There is no one else to blame for the problems that Ahmed is facing at the moment with being dropped from the teams after being selected. Itís not that he is not capable of doing well as we saw in his fantastic performances against the World XI but his inability to improve and concentrate on fixing his problems is worrying. He has an unusually high proportion of dot-balls to his name and a low strike-rate which in the LOI format of the game is not good for the team and does not do any favours to his long-term future in the Pakistan side as well. You have to remember that when Ahmed started his career, he was considered an attacking player in all forms of the game. In fact it was quite pleasing watching him and Nasir Jamshed open in games for Pakistan. I cannot understand why his ability to score has diminished over time and this is something only he can answer and explain, and fix.


    Hasan Ali has a bright future for Pakistan

    There is something very special about Hasan Ali. He bowls with so much energy and plays with so much gusto that I am confident that he has a great and bright future ahead of him playing for Pakistan. The beauty about his bowling is that he is able to come in the middle-overs and take wickets for his side which is a very difficult thing to do. He seems to pick wickets at will and is a wonderful asset for Pakistan. I do hope and pray that he continues to look after himself and keeps on improving under the supervision of Azhar Mahmood. Incidentally, all of Pakistanís regular fast-bowlers have improved considerably under Azharís guidance. It took a few series for those positive changes to show themselves but these things never happen overnight and Azharís hard work and persistence and guidance has brought great results for Pakistan's bowlers.


    Pakistanís remarkable rise to top the T20I Rankings owes a lot to Sarfaraz Ahmed

    I am absolutely thrilled and overjoyed with Pakistanís remarkable rise to the top position in ICCís T20I Rankings. Without taking the credit away from other captains who have lead us in the shorter formats of the game, let me say that Sarfaraz Ahmedís appearance on the scene has completely changed our outlook and he must be praised for where we stand today. He may be the politest person off the field but on the field, he is an aggressive captain. That attitude has rubbed off on the rest of the side as well so that even one run given away on the field brings about very strong reactions from the whole team. In short, they have become fighters and this combination of young and senior players along with the coaching staff is ideal for Pakistan.


    Sarfaraz Ahmed must continue as the captain in all 3 forms of the game

    He may have had a tough start to his Test captaincy but make no mistake, Sarfaraz must continue as captain in all 3 forms of the game. He has bided his time in domestic 4-day cricket and proven his credentials time and time again for Pakistan in Tests as well. As long as he is fit and willing to lead, he should be allowed to serve Pakistan as captain and we should not think of changing captains as this will destroy the balance and the chemistry of this young and energetic team.


    Pakistan has the right side to win the World Cup in 2019

    If we look at the core of the young team that played in the Champions Trophy and performed beyond expectations to win the tournament, then you will quickly come to the conclusion that they will be around for Pakistanís campaign to win the World Cup in 2019. We all know that regardless of what a teamís form has been prior to that, each ICC tournament is a very difficult competition to play in. If we can maintain the right combination of juniors and seniors in the team, then the pressure of playing the World Cup will become easier to handle. On top of that, I am really impressed by our bench-strength which consists of players who are hungry for success. Whenever, any back-up players get a chance he steps forward and performs really well. We saw that in the Champions Trophy when Rumman Raees came to the fore in Amirís absence and we saw that again when Usman Khan Shinwari did the same during the series against Sri Lanka. If Sarfaraz can continue to lead his team and maintain the bond that he has created within his side then I see no problems in Pakistan taking on and beating the best in the world. I am convinced that we have a great combination and the right set of players to win the World Cup in 2019.


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    No need to manage Amir's workload, he should be dropped and benched if he does not perform and should not be given an automatic place in the playing 11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    No need to manage Amir's workload, he should be dropped and benched if he does not perform and should not be given an automatic place in the playing 11.
    Obviously did not read the blog. Suggest read and digest and answer those points.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Obviously did not read the blog. Suggest read and digest and answer those points.
    heard somewhere that amir has bowled 800+ overs in the last 1.5 years.Now that we have got great depth in the bowling department we should be able to manage his workload.

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    Pakistani right-arm pacer Yasir Arafat has suggested to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to manage star fast-bowler Mohammad Amir’s work load in order to save him from dangerous physical exertion that may lead to injuries.

    Mohammad Amir was excluded last month from the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka after he incurred an injury during the two-match Test series, and Arafat believes it was because he had just come back from playing four-day cricket for Essex.

    “If Amir or any other bowler is to be used in Test matches, then the PCB will need to ensure that they do not play four-day county cricket games,” explained Arafat while talking to PakPassion. “Amir’s playing schedule needs to be managed better by the PCB. I understand that playing in the county circuit is an important part of a player’s progress but it is pretty severe in physical aspects in terms of number of games that a professional is asked to play in a season with limited time to recover in between.”

    The 35-year-old praised Amir for his exceptional run with Essex, but revealed that the stress on his body led to him breaking down in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

    “Mohammad Amir performed brilliantly for Essex in the summer and helped them to a historic county title, but that caused strain on his body and we saw the effects of that in his breakdown in the second Test in Dubai where his energy levels were nowhere near what was expected of a top-class bowler,” added Arafat. “He is not the young fast-bowler which he was many years ago, and if he is to be an integral part of Pakistan’s Test squad in the future then he should not play the four-day version in England.”

    Right-arm pacer added his services should only be made available to teams who want to hire him for shorter versions of the game.

    “He can continue to take part in the shorter formats of the game at all levels but the longer format should be limited to a few games, and mostly to Tests for Pakistan,” he suggested. “It is Amir’s good fortune that there are no Test matches until May next year so he has plenty of time to recover but he is quite fantastic in the shorter forms of the game as we saw in the series against Sri Lanka. He will also be a handful for the opposition when Pakistan tour New Zealand where the bowling conditions will suit him just fine.”

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1548918...needs-managed/


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    https://www.brecorder.com/2017/11/03...-yasir-arafat/

    Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad arguably remains one of the most talented players the country has to offer, but his recent performance has rarely been something to write about.

    Former Pakistan fast bowler Yasir Arafat believes that only Shehzad can get himself out of the troubles, only if he ‘concentrates on fixing his problems.’ “Only Ahmed Shehzad can help Ahmed Shehzad. There is no one else to blame for the problems that he is facing at the moment, with being dropped from the teams after being selected,” said Arafat, quoted PakPassion.

    “It is not that he is not capable of doing well as we saw in his fantastic performances against the World XI but his inability to improve and concentrate on fixing his problems is worrying,” he added.

    Arafat pointed out that Shehzad’s inability to maintain a healthy strike rate will be detrimental to the player and the side particularly in the limited overs format.

    “You have to remember that when Shehzad started his career, he was considered an attacking player in all forms of the game… I cannot understand why his ability to score has diminished over time and this is something only he can answer, explain and fix.”


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    I think he's accurate on everything he's said especially on Ahmed Shehzad. He needs to work on himself if he wants to have a future.

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    Mohammad Amir part is very interesting. My only concern is that Amir will then need to be compensated for his earnings from county.


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    Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take special care of star fast bowler Mohammad Amir's workload if they want to save him from severe physical exertion that might cause injuries.

    "I have been saying this before and will repeat it again. If Mohammad Amir or any other bowler is to be used in Test matches, then the PCB will need to ensure that they do not play 4-day county cricket games. Amir's playing schedule needs to be managed better by the PCB. I understand that playing in the county circuit is an important part of a player's progress but it is pretty severe in physical aspects in terms of number of games that a professional is asked to play in a season with limited time to recover in between," Pakpassion.net quoted Arafat as saying.

    Last month, the 25-year-old was left out from the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka after he sustained a shin injury during the two-match Test series.

    Reflecting on the same, Arafat insisted that Amir had performed brilliantly for Essex this summer and guided them to historic Essex title, but the continuous playing has had an adverse effect on his body.

    "Mohammad Amir performed brilliantly for Essex in the summer and helped them to a historic county title but that caused strain on his body and we saw the effects of that in his breakdown in the second Test in Dubai where his energy levels were nowhere near what was expected of a top-class bowler. He is not the young fast-bowler of many years ago and if he is to be an integral part of Pakistan's Test squad in the future then he should not play the 4-day version in England," Arafat said.

    The right-arm pacer believes Amir's services should be limited to the shorter versions of the game at all levels, while he could also play some of the games in the longer format.

    "Yes, he can continue to take part in the shorter formats of the game at all levels but the longer format should be limited to a few games and mostly to Tests for Pakistan. It is Amir's good fortune that there are no Test matches until May next year so he has plenty of time to recover but he is quite fantastic in the shorter forms of the game as we saw in the series against Sri Lanka. He will also be a handful for the opposition when Pakistan tour New Zealand for the LOI series later on where the bowling conditions will suit him just fine," Arafat concluded.

    Amir, who has been an automatic selection for Pakistan in all three formats of the game since his return to international cricket, had hurt his right shin during the second Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dubai.

    http://www.indiatvnews.com/sports/cr...ket-pcb-410213


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    Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat wants the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take special care of star fast bowler Mohammad Amir’s work load if it wants to save him from severe physical exertion that might cause injuries.

    “I have been saying this before and will repeat it again. If Amir or any other bowler is to be used in Test matches, then the PCB will need to ensure that they do not play four-day county games.

    “Amir’s playing schedule needs to be managed better by the PCB. I understand that playing in the county circuit is an important part of a player’s progress but it is pretty severe in physical aspects in terms of number of games that a professional is asked to play in a season with limited time to recover in between,” Pakpassion.netquoted Arafat as saying.

    Last month, the 25-year-old was left out of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka after he sustained a shin injury during the two-match Test series.

    Reflecting on the same, Arafat insisted that Amir had performed brilliantly for Essex this summer and guided it to historic title, but the continuous playing has had an adverse effect on his body.

    “Amir performed brilliantly for Essex in the summer and helped them to a historic county title but it caused strain on his body and we saw the effects of that in his breakdown in the second Test in Dubai where his energy levels were nowhere near what was expected of a top-class bowler.

    “He is not the young fast-bowler of many years ago and if he is to be an integral part of Pakistan’s Test squad in the future then he should not play the four-day version in England,” Arafat said.

    Limit services

    The right-arm pacer believes Amir’s services should be limited to the shorter versions of the game at all levels, while he could also play some of the games in the longer format.

    “Yes, he can continue to take part in the shorter formats of the game at all levels, but the longer format should be limited to a few games and mostly to Tests for Pakistan. It is Amir’s good fortune that there are no Test matches until May next year giving him plenty of time to recover.

    “He is quite fantastic in the shorter forms as we saw in the series against Sri Lanka. He will also be a handful for the opposition when Pakistan tours New Zealand where the bowling conditions will suit him.”

    http://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricke...le19982819.ece


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    The fact is reliance on Amir,Amir's half-fit bowling performance or underperformance cost Pakistan the test series against Sri Lanka.

    Amir is'nt our main strike bowler, Hasan Ali is. How Hasan should be managed by Pakistan team is more important.

    There have been 3 major bowling injuries in just 2 months times, this is a serious concern

    When Pakistan is blessed with the amount of bowling resources it has compared to many countries including India, why not utilize them.

    There is Ghulam Mudassir, Mir Hamza, Sohail Khan, Shaheen Afridi, etc.. why not keep them in squad and give them the confidence. These bowlers are amazing with the new ball and can easily replace Rumman and Amir, given they are picked and nurtured. Pakistan team should'nt lose this opportunity and prepare from the resources that they have. A complete bowling unit can be developed on the sidelines and rotation policy could well-manage the workload.

    Don't know whether Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Shan Masood or Kamran Akmal can be helped by picking them for Pakistan team despite their poor performances, only Pakistan cricket and batting is suffering cos of them for last 8 years.
    Even fielding has improved, batting has gotten even worse.
    Not many batsmen were picked, Fawad Alam was dropped even with a 40+ average to make way for Shoaib Malik.
    It would be better if we start speaking truth to ourselves and speak openly why the poor bat performers being picked by the system consistently.


    Making Sarfraz captain in all 3 formats wont remove the problems, giving Sarfraz and Mickey more power to select and manage the squad will.

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    Amir is just a support bowler who comes good once in 4-5 games and is easily replaceable. It is more important to manage the workload of our strike force (Hasan) without whom the bowling unit will look pretty ordinary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Amir is just a support bowler who comes good once in 4-5 games and is easily replaceable. It is more important to manage the workload of our strike force (Hasan) without whom the bowling unit will look pretty ordinary.
    who can replace him?? not against srilnka,i am talking about playing against big teams..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRsohail View Post
    who can replace him?? not against srilnka,i am talking about playing against big teams..
    Inconsistency is not hard to replace. Yes on green pitches he is better than most, but most wickets are flat, and he has a problem in delivering on those pitches consistently unlike Hasan. Before we talk about the CT final, Pakistan would have defended 340 with or without Amir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Inconsistency is not hard to replace. Yes on green pitches he is better than most, but most wickets are flat, and he has a problem in delivering on those pitches consistently unlike Hasan. Before we talk about the CT final, Pakistan would have defended 340 with or without Amir.
    but he has not been poor in doi and our bench strength is poor ,even usman is out so who comes,,i will like to hear few names who can replace him..only hassan is above him rest are inferior .in tests u can say that we can play wahab but in odi we have no options althugh i don,t like his attitude but currently he is undroppable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRsohail View Post
    but he has not been poor in doi and our bench strength is poor ,even usman is out so who comes,,i will like to hear few names who can replace him..only hassan is above him rest are inferior .in tests u can say that we can play wahab but in odi we have no options althugh i don,t like his attitude but currently he is undroppable.
    He should not be dropped and he has done well in LOIs, but my point is that we need to manage the workload of Hasan carefully because he is far more valuable. The focus on Amir is a little over the top considering the fact that he is not carrying the bowling attack on his shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    He should not be dropped and he has done well in LOIs, but my point is that we need to manage the workload of Hasan carefully because he is far more valuable. The focus on Amir is a little over the top considering the fact that he is not carrying the bowling attack on his shoulders.
    yes fair enough/..

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    Inzi has said the same thing but they keep selecting Amir for every format and then on top of that allow him to play for Essex when he wasn't even fully fit.



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