Pakistan ODI & T20 squads to face England in UAE, 2012
After proving ineffective during his first taste of international cricket, Misbah exploded on to the scene in the inaugural ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2007. He was the competition's third-highest run scorer as Pakistan reached the final. While often subdued in Test cricket, Misbah is explosive in the shorter forms as well as being an impressive and imaginative skipper.
Now 34, and having returned from a ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board in March 2010, Younus remains at the peak of his powers. A fine player of spin, the veteran plays a key role in the middle order, both when it comes to rotating strike and finding the boundary.
A batsman capable of destructive strokeplay and a wrist-spinner who marries menace with parsimony, Afridi is one of the most entertaining cricketers around. In recent years, it is with the ball that he has been most effective, though his ability to clear the rope remains unquestioned. He still holds the record for the fastest ODI century – off 37 balls – which, remarkably, came when he was 16 and in his first international innings.
Viewed as a player of great potential for many years, Hafeez finally delivered the goods in 2011 with a series of impressive performances. An elegant opening batsman who possesses wonderful timing, he represents an integral part of Pakistan’s batting line-up, while his off-spin bowling has proved highly effective in the game’s shorter forms.
An opening batsman, Farhat has been a regular fixture in Pakistan’s one-day international side since returning against India in 2010. The left-hander is a talented player, though he needs to focus on converting starts into more substantial scores having passed three figures just once in his first 46 appearances.
A precocious talent, Umar’s stock has fallen since he announced himself on the international scene with a century in his third one-day international. The batsman’s talent is not in question, but Umar has yet to prove he has the temperament to succeed. Fleeting moments of brilliance need to become match-winning contributions if he is to realise his vast potential.
Shafiq is a middle-order batsman from Karachi who can keep wicket. The 24-year-old made his ODI debut in an Asia Cup game against Bangladesh in Dambulla in 2010 and has since been solid in the 50-over game.
Old-fashioned in the sense that his wicketkeeping is more prominent than his batting, Akmal has given Pakistan solidity behind the stumps. Adnan does not possess the same flair with the bat as his brothers Kamran and Umar, but, with Pakistan set to field a spin-dominated attack, a solid gloveman could well be more important.
A left-arm seamer capable of bowling at brisk pace, Junaid has impressed when given an opportunity in one-day internationals. He has yet to secure a regular place, but an outstanding first-class record suggests that will not be the case for too long.
A late bloomer, Cheema did not begin his international career until he was 30. The bustling right-arm seamer has been excellent thereafter, epitomised by his bowling average being just above 20 after seven one-day internationals.
After terrorising England with 24 wickets in the Test series, Ajmal will be hoping to enjoy the same level of success in the shorter forms. The off-spinner has proved just as effective in the one-day game, mixing a fine economy rate with his potent ability to take wickets.
An impressive performer in all forms of the game, Gul has become the leader of Pakistan’s seam-bowling attack. The paceman’s forte, though, is the shorter forms of the game. Gul is solid with the new ball, but it is with an older one that he is most deadly. His ability to find reverse swing in most conditions makes him devastating in the later overs.
A fine spinner, Rehman was one of the stars of the Test series. The slow-left armer changes his pace to great effect, though he has yet to pose the same threat to batsman in the one-day arena. Rehman, though, rarely leaks runs and could well have an impact on the series should he earn a place in Pakistan’s team.
Riaz is a fiery left-arm paceman who first broke on to the international scene with a Test five-wicket haul against England in 2010. Never one to shy away from a contest, he has a fantastic record in 50-over cricket and is someone the tourists should be wary of.
A promising all-rounder, Azam has appeared just five times in the international arena. The 20-year-old plays first-class cricket for Rawalpindi and has a solid record in all forms of the domestic game.
An emerging star, Azhar has much to prove in the one-day arena. His concentration is not in doubt – especially after his 442-ball 157 in the Test series – yet that is not a skill that is held in as high a regard in the shorter forms. Azhar has played just once in 50-over cricket, scoring 39 against Ireland, and will be hoping to impress in this series.
Zia, part of a squad for the three Twenty20 internationals that follow the ODIs, is the only uncapped member of either party. The 25-year-old left-handed batsman averages 28 at a strike rate of 146 in his 18 domestic T20 games.
Not in the original squads, Shoaib was called up at the request of captain Misbah. The 30-year-old is primarily a batsman, but also offers Pakistan another solid bowling option. On his day, Shoaib can be brilliant but needs to find consistency.