A final sigh of relief for Pakistani fans as PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has approved Shahid Afridi’s name to lead the side in Asia Cup.

It was reported by a local TV channel that most of the senior players will be left out from the event scheduled in March, 2012. The new faces will be inducted in the side to ensure a solid team for the upcoming T20 and the 2015 ODI World Cup.

The Boom-Boom made his comeback at the England series and his performance during the opening four matches is commendable, in both departments of the game.

The 31-year-old criticized the selectors for choosing a week team during the ongoing ODI series against Team England.

He applauded Pakistan’s performance during the test series to clean sweep the English side but also suggested that the selection for the ODI format of the game was not up to the standard.

The Green side overcame Team England with a splendid bowling performance during the recent test series. The only discussable batting performances were, by Younis Khan, Azhar Ali and to some extent Asad Shafiq.

The Asian cup is starting on March 12, 2012 in Bangladesh as per the latest scheduled announced by the organisers.  The tournament will feature a total number of seven, fifty over matches including the final.

All the matches will be held at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur and will be played under lights. The proposed schedule for the coming event is as under.

1st ODI- Bangladesh Vs Pakistan on Monday March 12th

, 2nd ODI- India Vs Sri Lanka on March 13th

, 3rd ODI- Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka March 15th

, 4th ODI- Bangladesh Vs India March 16th

, 5th ODI- India Vs Pakistan March 18th

, 6th ODI-Bangladesh Vs Sri Lanka March 20th

, 7TH ODI- The final match will be played between the top two teams

It will be interesting to see if Afridi can live up to the expectations of his fans across the country and return home with the overall win at the Asia Cup.

Pakistani fans are still seeking revenge from the Indian squad since the World Cup 2011 semi final defeat. The March event is a perfect stage for Team Green to prove its strengths at the 50-over format of the game.

The victory will not come easy as both India and Sri Lanka are in supreme form at the in progress tri nation series in Australia.

45 COMMENTS

  1. That is great.
    INSHA-ALLAH Pakistan Will Win The Asia Cup 2012 Under The Superb Captaincy Of Shahid Afridi.

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  4. Good! Hope Afridi can get the Aisa cup for his country and he himself perform well with his bat as well as bowl. Best wishes to Shahid!

  5. Selector did well to choose the shahid afridi as a captain in ODI and T/20 cricket. Shahdid afridi is tailor made for the ODI and T/20 cricket. Now pakistan need to introduce some youngster like Nashir Jamshed. Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Imran Nazir, Rana Naved Ul Hasan, Abdul Razzaq and Shezaib Hasan for the ODI and T/ 20 cricket to do something diffrent.

  6. who so ever is captain of Pakistan,,, THE WINNERS WILL BE INDIA AGAIN … THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS OF ASIA CUP AND THE WORLD CHAMPIONS… ITZ IMPOSSIBLE FOR Pakistan TO OVERCOME THE MIGHT OF WORLD CHAMPIONS ( INDIA ) 🙂

  7. Ok that is great chance for a pakistan to win asia cup becoz the boom boom boom boom is coming for the right time indians ready to lossed all the matches vs pakistan till the world cup 2015.

  8. i also think Ahmed Shahzad and Muhammad Sami should be included but the latest news suggests that Mr. Misbah ul Haq might resume as the Captain of the team

  9. Pcb shud rest senior players lyk misbah,younis,razak n farhat n bring bk imran nazir, m.sami,nasir jamshid,kamran akmal, ahmad shahzad.
    My team for asia cup against india is
    Hafeez
    Imran nazir
    Azhar ali
    Umar akmal
    Asad shafiq
    Kamran akmal
    Shahid afridi
    Hamad azam
    Gul
    Sami
    Ajmal
    Phr india jeet ke dikhaye main bet lagane ke liye ready hun.

  10. I like your team how about adding Wahab Riaz in it ?? you need pacers ??
    I’d Say

    Ahmed Shahzad
    Muhamamd Hafeez
    Azhar Ali
    Asad Shiafique
    Omer Akmal
    Shahid Afridi
    Hammad Azam
    Adnan Akmal
    Muhammad Gul
    Wahab Riaz
    Saeed Ajmal

    Phir bhi agar Pakistan haar jayay to .. It happens only in Pakistan

  11. My final 11. (considering the fact that Misbah will resume as the captain of the side)

    Ahmed Shahzad
    Azhar Ali
    Asad Shiafique
    Omer Akmal
    Misbah-ul-Haq
    Shahid Afridi
    Hammad Azam
    Adnan Akmal
    Omer Gul
    Wahab Riaz
    Saeed Ajmal

  12. Pakistan best 11
    Imran Nazir
    Ahmed Shahzad
    Shahid afridi (captain)
    Asad Shafiq
    Umar akmal
    hammad azam
    Kamran akmal( wicket keeper)
    abdul Razzaq
    umar gul
    wahab raiz
    saeed ajmal

    hafeez
    awis zia
    sami
    abdul rehman

  13. My best team
    imran nazir
    Abdul razzak
    Kamran akmal(wk)
    Md yusuf (cptn)
    Shahid afridi
    Misbh hak
    Shoeb malik/hafeez
    Hammad
    Gul
    Saeed ajmal
    Wahab/if posible md amer

  14. Plz plz say good bye to misbah-ul-haq
    becoz he is not a good finisher
    we need wining players
    plz let afridi to lead the team

  15. Pakistan best 11
    Imran Nazir
    Ahmed Shahzad
    Shahid afridi (captain)
    Asad Shafiq
    Umar akmal
    hammad azam
    sarfaraz ahmad ( wicket keeper)
    abdul Razzaq
    umar gul
    wahab raiz
    saeed ajmal
    hafeez
    awis zia
    sami

  16. Mohammad Yousaf
    Shahid Afridi
    Umargul
    Saeed Ajmal
    Asad Shafiq
    Imran Nazir
    Razzaq
    Umar Akmal
    Adnan Akmal(W/K)
    Shoaib Malik
    Mohammad Sami

  17. Imran Nazir
    Asad safiq
    Azhar mahmud
    Umar akmal
    Shaheed afridi(capt)
    Abdur razzak
    kamran akmal(wk)
    Md hafeez
    sayed ajmal
    Umar gol
    md sami
    Ameer(if possible)

  18. 1. M. HAFEEZ
    2. I. NAZIR
    3. Y. KHAN
    4. A. SHAZAD
    5. M.HAQ
    6. U. AKMAL
    7. S.AFRIDI
    8. H. AZAM
    9. U. GUL
    10. M.SAMI
    11. S. AJMAL

  19. Pakistani Dream Team for Asia Cup and T-20: Best Team Look Afridi Khan Sb.
    1. Ahmad Shehzad (Opner)
    2. Imran Nazeer (Opner)
    3. Mohammad Hafiz
    4. Yunis Khan
    5. Umar akmal (w/k)
    6 Misbahul haq
    7. Shahid Afridi(C)
    8. Abdul Razzak
    9. Rana Navedul Hasan
    10. Umar Gul
    11. Saeed Ajmal

  20. I think we have too many all-rounders…we need specialists
    My playing-11 would be:
    Ahmed Shehzad/Nasir Jamshed
    Asad Shafiq
    Younis Khan
    Misbah-ul-Haq
    Umar Akmal
    Sarfraz Ahmed (wk)
    Shahid Afridi
    Hamad Azam/Mohammad Hafeez
    Saeed Ajmal
    Umar Gul
    Junaid Khan

  21. here’s the line-up that i believe to be perfect for the pitches that Pakistan would be playing on during 2012 Asia Cup:

    !) Imran Nazir
    2) Ahmed Shahzad
    3) Kamran Akmal
    4) Umar Akmal
    5) Azhar Ali
    6) Asad Shafiq
    7) Shahid Afridi
    8) Hammad Azam
    9) Wahab Riaz
    10) Umar Gul
    11) Saeed Ajmal

    Thank you.

  22. BEST 11 PLAYERS THEN WILL WILL BET NO ONE BEAT PAKISTANI PLAYERS:)
    1)IMRAN NAZIR
    2)AHMAD SHEHZAD
    3)KAMRAN AKMAL
    4)UMAR AKMAL
    5)SHAHID AFRIDI CAPTAIN
    6)HAMAD AZAM
    7)ABDUL RAZZAQ
    8)SHOAIB MAILIK / HAFEEZ
    9)WAHAB RIAZ
    10)UMAR GUL
    11)SAEED AJMAL

  23. Pakistan best 11

    Imran Nazir
    Ahmed Shahzad
    Shahid afridi (captain)
    awis zia
    Umar akmal ( wicket keeper)
    hammad azam
    abdul Razzaq
    umar gul
    wahab raiz
    saeed ajmal
    hafeez

    If this team play’s then sure they will win asia cup

  24. MY DEAR FRIEND INDIA IS HAVING BACK SUPPORT IN INDIA ONLY NOT ANY OTHER COUNTRY THEY NEVER WIN OUTSIDE OF THEIR COUNTRY THEY ARE SHAMELESS CREATURE EVERYBODY IS FIGHTING FOR CAPTAINCY USELESS. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD INDIAN ARE BACKBITTING GUYS (SIXERS) ALL OF THEM ARE FIXERS SERIAL FIXERS .BAD PEOPLE ALWAYS LOOK COOOL LIKE DHONI

  25. My team pakistan is very good but.misba ul haq is very lazy player so my team is 1.imran nazir2kamran akmal3umar akmal4shid afridi(c)5Asad shaife6hamid izam7sami8umar gul9ajmal10azar mahmood11hafaze12wabraze

  26. ya i think pakistan team is strong but then chase up to 250 tnen the pakistani team is underpressure i think pakistani team start a good bowling so that they will go to a goog an 205 chase ………………………………………!!!
    my pakistani team team naame is (hafeez) ahmed ‘ imran ‘ asad ‘ misbah’ imran farhat’ boom boom shahid afridi ‘ gull ‘ hammad’ saeedajmal’ aziz chemma

  27. Pakistan New One Day International Squad
    (1) Imran Nazir (Batsmen)
    (2) Nasir Jamsheed (Batsmen)
    (3) Kamran Akmal Wicket Kepeer And (Batsmen)
    (4) Asad Shafique (Batsmen)
    (5) Shoaib Malik (All Rounder)
    (6) Mohammad Hafeez (All Rounder) Vice Captain
    (7) Abdul Razzaq (All Rounder)
    (8) Shahid Afridi (All Rounder) Captain
    (9) Saeed Ajmal Spinner
    (10) Umer Gull (Fast Bowler)
    (11) Sohail Tanvir (Fast Bowler)
    (12) Hammad Azam (All Rounder)
    (13) Umar Akmal (Batsmen)
    (14) Imran Farhat (Batsmen)
    (15) Wahab Riaz (Fast Bowler)
    (16) Aizaz Cheema (Fast Bowler)

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