The two fellows who were not supposed to be in the side – Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik both fell cheaply in the first ODI to leave Pakistanis wondering about their political backing and how they get selected every time. Imran Farhat was able to withstand only two deliveries before getting out for a duck to put Pakistan team into problems at the very start of the match. Farhat was making a comeback here thanks to his father-in-law, selector Muhammad Ilyas who was in a recent spat of words with former captain Shahid Afridi. Farhat had previously been out of the team for his performance but it seems the Soosar abba had paved the way for his Jamai Raja after the exit of the main hurdle – Shahid Afridi.
Shoaib Malik is one fellow whose inclusion has raised serious questions, he was a bowler who later started to bat, he is no better batsman than Azhar Mehmood and Abdul Razzak but these two fellows are good bowlers too. Besides Shoaib Malik doesn’t even bowl these days so why include him as an all-rounder? If he has been included as a batsman then thats even more interesting as there are so many great batsmen like Muhammad Yusuf, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Khurram Manzoor, Asim Kamal, Yasir Hameed, etc who are technically sound batsmen then why does the PCB select Shoaib Malik as a batsman, this is a question only the genious selection committee can answer. Maybe its not his batting that earns him the place in the team but the strong Sifarish of his wife.
Anyway, both guys were not able to score anything substantial with Farhat getting out for a duck on the second ball and Malik scoring 2 runs in 5 balls. Lets see how many chances they are given before the management realises that they are not match winners.
The Editor of this post had already raised questions about the inclusion of Shoaib Malik in a previous article published last week: https://cricblogger.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/shoaib-malik-selected-again/