No I disagree, Its time for PCB to be Bold and take chance on its batting line up.....yeah, batting line up (even with fragile inzi) looks better than W/O inzi but it doesnt mean that Pak should not take a chance playing W/O inzi, well picture two scenarios
1) Batting line up does horrible W/o inzi against SA and he gets called in for India series scores a big 100 and chips in with 2 50's, then inzi plays against AUS and does Okay too.....Now i can bet my bottom$ on it if this is what happens, inzi is going to think....."Now is the perfect time to retire" as he is doing well with bat and would waana leave as good player.....Qs. is do we not have same problem next Apr as we have now, the Who we play in Now for Inzi???
2) Batting W/O inzi does reasonabily well against SA and same team gets sent to India and played against AUS, regardless of overall result (result of AUS series, as i think senior batsman or no senior batsman (inzi or no inzi) Pak will do well against India in India as it is always the desire/motivation to win of pakistanis against india that have always won them games and not the presense or absense of senior/better batsmen (as 10K>>Javed and Sachin>> Inzi (statistically speaking) )...comes next April and Pak is better placed as Pak now has a tried and tested batting line up that has gone through a tough season that hopefully have tought them self belief.
Now I think that for future of Pak cricket Scenario 2 is alot better than 1), and thats why Letting inzi stay out is the way to go.
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I just can't understand why South Africans are so keen only to play 2 match test series in recent times (when they tour the sub-continent). They played a 2 match test series against Bangladesh,India,Sri Lanka and now Pakistan. Do you guys know the reason behind this?
Well there's no reason to play more than 2 against Bangladesh, and SA and SL have always played loads and often just 2 games per series.
Pak it was originally scheduled for 3 but changed at the last minute; and Ind it was a hastily fitted-in thing anyway. Same was true in 1999\2000 when they played in Ind too.
So... hope that answers. Just a combination of different circumstances in each of the 3 cases, really.
Indeed. But if circumstances were different, they would have done. You can only do what's doable to you, and the UCBSA can't organise schedules around what's not there to be organised.
Hopefully their next series in India might be possible to organise as a slightly longer one, and hopefully next time they won't have the problems of last time in Pakistan.
I know, I remember you mentioning it. If it'd been, say, Fusion or Gelman who'd said that I'd not have been surprised at all. But Shoaib\BhupinderSingh? Strange.
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I hate 3-ODI series too, though.
Would always go 5 ODIs and 3 Tests myself. And occasionally, on a full-length tour, 5 ODIs (or a tri-series) and 5 Tests.
But a 5-Test-series is something special, even more so these days. Not just to be flung out lightly.
India-Pakistan, England-South Africa, England-Australia, that's it at the moment. Nothing else really screams "give me 5!" South Africa and Australia, of course, have traditionally played a 6-Test home-and-away series every 4 years as opposed to the normal pattern with all other countries.
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