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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The warm-up squad (-worma)

Prem already commented, and just to add a point on the Pakistan tour match squad - it seems that Pakistan has this theory (or atleast a recent attempt) of throwing the literal kitchen-sink of reserves behind their warm-up tussles against the touring parties.

This one is no exception..while Gul has performed at the top level (and against Indian team too) this squad has the strong fringe and former international presence in Farhat, Raza, Bazid Khan, Kamal, Iftikhar and Arafat...some of them started the downfall of the mighty Eng team right from their first tour match.

Interestingly, though, not many of these would be in immediate consideration of a place in the actual Pakistan XI except maybe Gul as already disclosed by Inzy. With the return of Razzaq (injury), and Afridi (suspension) the middle order position would be all be packed. Although it would pose the traditional problem for Pakistani management - having to play just 3 regular bowlers along with Afridi and Razzaq as allround backup.


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