Team Pakistan: An overview

Round-up of the players representing the team and their performance statistics.

Afp February 18, 2011

REUTERS: Pakistan came into the world cup with a One Day International and Test series win over New Zealand and began their campaign with a solid victory over Bangladesh in the warm-up match. Here is a round-up of the players representing the team and their performance statistics.

Shahid Afridi (Capt)

Age 30. Right-hand batsman/right-arm leg spinner

ODIs 312, Runs 6,583, Highest 124, Average 23.93, Strike-Rate 113.75,

Centuries 6, Fifties 31; Catches 101

Wickets 292, Best bowling 6-38, Average 35.42, Economy-Rate 4.64

A hard-hitting and popular batsman, Afridi holds the record for the fastest one-day hundred - made off just 37 balls against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 1996. He also holds the record of hitting most sixes (288) in one-day cricket. A wicket-taking leg-break bowler, Afridi can win matches single-handedly with his all-round abilities.


Age 36. Right-handed batsman

ODIs 63, Runs 1,757, Highest 93 not out, Average 39.93, Strike-Rate 79.32, Fifties 11; Catches 32

Misbah-ul-Haq is widely regarded as a Test batsman, but his recent form on the team's tour to New Zealand prompted the selectors to give him a try in the World Cup. Well-built Misbah can clear the field at will and is regarded as one of the sharpest fielders

Abdul Razzaq

Age 31. Right-hand batsman/right-arm medium-pacer

ODIs 254, Runs 4,959, Highest 112, Average 30.05, Strike-Rate 81.44,

Centuries 3, Fifties 22; Catches 33

Wickets 262, Best bowling 6-35, Average 31.83, Economy-Rate 4.71

Although his bowling is not as effective as it used to be, Razzaq can still play a crucial all-rounder role. He can be a ruthless hitter, a prowess he showed in a 72-ball 109 against South Africa at Abu Dhabi in October last year.

Abdul Rehman

Age 30. Left-hand batsman/Left-arm spinner

ODIs 15, Runs 69, Highest 31, Average 7.66, Strike-Rate 48.25, Catches 2

Wickets 12, Best bowling 2-20, Average 46.33, Economy-Rate 4.27

Rehman is an effective slow left-armer who has done well in domestic one-day competition, stopping the slow of runs beasides taking wickets. He can also bat usefuly in the lower order.

Ahmed Shahzad

Age 19. Right-hand batsman/Right-arm medium pacer

ODIs 9, Runs 294, Highest 115, Average 36.75, Strike-Rate 76.76, Hundreds 1, Catches 2

Shahzad was touted as one of the best talents in Pakistan after he made his mark at Under-19 level, but disciplinary problems kept him away from the national team. He regained his berth after a prolific domestic season this year and now gives Pakistan an option as a hard-hitting opener.

Asad Shafiq

Age 25. Right-hand batsman

ODIs 12, Runs 266, Highest 50, Average 22.16, Fifties 1, Strike-Rate 70.00, Catches 2

Asad staked claim for a place in the national team on the basis of his 1,200-plus runs in Pakistan's domestic season last year. He has the knack of occupying the crease and gives solidity to the middle-order.

Kamran Akmal

Age 29. Right-hand batsman/Wicket-keeper

ODIs 129, Runs 2,717, Highest 124, Average 27.17, Hundreds 5, Fifties 8, Strike-Rate 85.17; Catches 128, Stumpings 21

Kamran is a dashing batsman who has achieved success as opener in one-day cricket, giving Pakistan an option to use an extra bowler. His wicket-keeping at times falls short of international standards, causing Pakistan some serious damage.

Mohammad Hafeez

Age 30. Right-hand batsman/Right-arm off-spinner

ODIs 64, Runs 1,410, Highest 115, Average 22.74, Hundreds 1, Fifties 7,

Strike-Rate 63.85, Catches 26

Wickets 49, Best bowling 3-17, Average 35.26, Economy-Rate 4.53

Hafeez is a useful all-rounder who until last year had not been able to turn his huge potential into notable performances. But the recent New Zealand tour, where he hit his first one-day hundred, may prove he is a worthy all-rounder who can play a lead role in World Cup.

Saeed Ajmal

Age 33. Right-hand batsman/Right-arm off-spinner

ODIs 35, Runs 115, Highest 33, Average 8.21, Strike-Rate 61.49, Catches 6

Wickets 44, Best bowling 4-33, Average 30.52, Economy-Rate 4.43

A late comer to international cricket at 30, Ajmal made his mark in one-day cricket with his penetrative and wicket-taking bowling. He can be very useful on the slow and turning sub-continent pitches.

Shoaib Akhtar

Age 35. Right-hand batsman/Right-arm fast

ODIs 160, Runs 394, Highest 43, Average 9.16, Strike-Rate 73.50, Catches 20

Wickets 244, Best bowling 6-16, Average 24.78, Economy-Rate 4.76

Akhtar's career has been marred by controversies over his action, fitness levels and indiscipline. He was banned for two years on a failed dope test which was later overturned on appeal in 2006. Akhtar wants a last fling at the World Cup.

Junaid Khan

Age 21. Right-hand bat/Left-arm medium-fast

Yet to make ODI debut.

The 21-year-old was a late call-up after Sohail Tanveer was forced out with an injury. A product of Pakistan's fine Under-19 set-up, he possesses great pace and stamina.

Umar Akmal

Age 20. Right-hand batsman

ODIs 30, Runs 878, Highest 102 not out, Average 33.76, Hundreds 1, Fifties 6, Strike-Rate 84.34, Catches 13

A product of the Under-19 World Cup, Umar hearlded his arrival at senior level with a bang by hitting a debut hundred against New Zealand last year. He is dashing and effective and is touted as one of the fastest emerging players at the international level.

Umar Gul

Age 26. Right-hand batsman/Right-arm fast

ODIs 80, Runs 246, Highest 33, Average 8.48, Strike-Rate 60.59, Catches 10

Wickets 119, Best bowling 6-42, Average 27.38, Economy-Rate 5.12

Gul is the focus of the Pakistan attack, guiding them to a runners-up spot in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 before helping them to clinch the title in the next edition of the shortest form two years later. Gul is famous for his appreciable swing and lethal yorkers.

Wahab Riaz

Age 25. Right-hand batsman/Left-arm fast

ODIs 13, Runs 55, Highest 21, Average 6.87, Strike-Rate 96.49, Catches 4

Wickets 23, Best bowling 3-22, Average 24.39, Economy-Rate 5.39

Riaz is the latest addition in Pakistan's rich, fast bowling arsenal. He started with a bang, taking five wickets on his debut against England at The Oval. Although questioned in the recent spot-fixing inquiry, Riaz was not charged by either the ICC or by British police.

Younis Khan

Age 33. Right-hand batsman/Left-arm fast

ODIs 213, Runs 6,028, Highest 144, Average 32.23, Strike-Rate 75.04, Hundreds 6, Fifties 39, Catches 112

Wickets 2, Best bowling 1-13, Average 119.50, Economy-Rate 6.07

Younis is one of the most reliable batsman in Pakistan's line-up. In the absence of Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan will look to Younis for strength in the middle-order. Younis is equally good in the longer and shorter versions of the game, having a variety of strokes.


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