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    Is Shoaib Malik afraid of Fawad Alam

    8= number of balls Fawad faced this whole series.

    Against Zimbabwe he faced 29 and against India just 23.

    Is there any point of him being selected in the squad over and over when he's not going to be given a decent chance to show what he can do ?

    Today in a match which only had academic interest he gets dropped for 32 year old Numanullah who will probably end up as a one cap wonder. Since both Alam and Malik are similar players I have a feeling Malik feels threatened by Fawad and is not allowing him enough opportunity to show his true worth.

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    BTW our Kaptaan Malik who has continued to bowl his full quota of overs in both the Ban and Zim series turns in to a reluctant bowler when he comes up against an established opposition.

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    For any country other than Pakistan, I'd say such a suggestion was absurd.

    For Pakistan, I'd certainly not rule it out. Nor, though, would I want to term it "likely".

    Quite why Shoaib and Fawad cannot play together in ODIs is beyond me however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    For any country other than Pakistan, I'd say such a suggestion was absurd.

    For Pakistan, I'd certainly not rule it out. Nor, though, would I want to term it "likely".

    Quite why Shoaib and Fawad cannot play together in ODIs is beyond me however.
    They are two very similar players and with the presence of 2 Y's, Misbah and an undroppable Afridi in the middle order there is room for only one of them.


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    Fawad and Malik both > Misbah and certainly >>>>>>>>>> Afridi, though.

    In any case, Misbah is only ever going to be a short-term fix - he's 33. Seems a shame to mess Fawad around now, why not simply leave him out until Misbah retires?

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    FWIW I think Fawad Alam will be a more successful ODI batsman than Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi. Potential to eclipse Shoaib Malik too, and he's shown in domestic cricket that he can make consistent scores at a good strike rate.
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    Heard Fawad stole Shoaib's tricycle when they were kids, and he's been afraid of him ever since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Heard Fawad stole Shoaib's tricycle when they were kids, and he's been afraid of him ever since.
    Nah, one is from Karachi the other from Sialkot so I doubt they ever came across each other as kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Fawad and Malik both > Misbah and certainly >>>>>>>>>> Afridi, though.

    In any case, Misbah is only ever going to be a short-term fix - he's 33. Seems a shame to mess Fawad around now, why not simply leave him out until Misbah retires?
    Misbah is quality and considering his fitness levels I think he can go on for 3-4 years easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuhaib View Post
    They are two very similar players and with the presence of 2 Y's, Misbah and an undroppable Afridi in the middle order there is room for only one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuhaib View Post
    Misbah is quality and considering his fitness levels I think he can go on for 3-4 years easily.
    Well I'm no expert on his fitness levels but generally only cricketers of the very highest class can go on playing to Test\ODI standards at 36-37-38, so I have my doubts TBH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowfinger View Post
    Drop Afridi
    you can't drop Afridi, there goes all the crowd out the stadium.

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    Even the most fickle of crowds tend to be won over by quality and victory, and if Fawad helps Pakistan win more games than Afridi, which is almost certain to happen, you'll get them back before too long.

    I've said it so many times - Afridi is like a cancer, not only because he damages Pakistan's prospects with his own inadaquecy and the disruption he often causes in the dressing-room, but because crowds often place too much emphasis on him. When he is gone, the sooner the better, maybe Pakistani crowds might start getting more realistic expectations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuhaib View Post
    Nah, one is from Karachi the other from Sialkot so I doubt they ever came across each other as kids.
    Malik has lived in Karachi for about 10 years so may be it could be the case
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Fawad and Malik both > Misbah
    I'm very interested to know how you figure that. Especially in Malik's case..
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