ISLAMABAD: Former Test Cricketer Shoaib Mohammad believes the selectors have done injustice with those players’ who were giving their best in the Pakistan Super League by announcing Twenty-20 World Cup bound squad in haste without evaluating their performances.
Shoaib said the selectors have shaken the confidence of those players’ confidence who were thinking of a recall in the national squad from this tournament. “PSL is a total waste of money and what was the purpose of holding this league when none of its performances were to be evaluated for the selection of the team,” he told APP.
Shoaib said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should question the selectors on what basis they have named such a team for an event like this.
He also said that Skipper Shahid Afridi has failed to deliver as a captain and that is quite evident from the team’s performance in the recent past series including against New Zealand and England. Speaking about leaving out opener Ahmed Shahzad from the T20 World Cup-bound squad, Shoaib said it is the incompetence of national selectors who have excluded such a good opener like Ahmed from the squad. ”
This is strange that selector cannot see talent in a player like Ahmed Shehzad,” he said. Pakistan has picked four uncapped players including batsmen Khurram Manzoor and Babar Azam, fast bowler Rumman Raees, and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz in the squad for the T20 World Cup.
Shoaib, who played in 45 Tests and 63 One Day Internationals, said “Our selectors are incompetent and don’t know what type of a team to pick for a mega event like this.
Naming inexperienced players in a big tournament like this is the lack of requisite skill and foresight in the selectors,” he said. Shoaib, who is the son of legendary Hanif Mohammad, said first the selectors had shaken Ahmed’s confidence by dropping him from the ODI team against England last year and now they are completely destroying him.
“This move from the selectors will disturb the team’s opening combination which can result in loss in the mega event,” he said.