Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Saleem Jaffar's Monitor

Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir, both of whom are being "closely montitored" by Saleem Jaffar and his selection committee, had good days out on the field on the 3rd day of the RBS Pentangular Cup.

While Tanvir helped Federal Areas restrict Sindh's lead to 40 odd runs with a 5 wicket haul, Gul demolished Baluchistan with a haul of 6-39 leading NWFP to a crushing innings victory.

Gul is captaining the side in Younis Khan's absence, who is helping out South Australia down under, and has been put on a fitness watch by Saleem Jaffar.

This effort of his should remove any doubts Jaffar had.

Tanvir's 5-100 is also promising as he was up against a powerful Sindh batting line up.

Shoaib Akhtar, who took 4 spells to complete 9 overs the other day, bowled another 4 overs yesterday and picked up another wicket.

I wonder if Jaffar thinks that his stamina is improving.

Afridi, captaining the defending champions Sindh, is on a form watch, and I doubt his effort of 17 in the first innings would have done Jaffar proud.

But then why is Afridi's batting form being assessed again?

Stay tuned for updates on Jaffar's monitor during the Pentangular Cup.

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  1. Anonymous said...

    I don't like the way Intikhab Alam or any coach or PCB official says, "In order to have a full strength squad we need Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif".

    That just means whenever Pakistan loses and these two aren't playing, we have an excuse to say that we were not playing with a full strength squad.

    Imagine the effect that has on the team morale and the captain- they have an excuse in their kitty if their main bowlers don't perform.

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