ISLAMABAD: Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir on Tuesday said pacer Muhammad Amir is being given undue favor by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as his performance in the series against England has not been up to the mark.
Talking to APP, Qadir said Sohail Khan has performed way better than Amir in the Test Series against England but the selectors ignored him while announcing the Twenty20 squad which is very disappointing.
Amir bagged 12 wickets in the Test series while Sohail grabbed 13 wickets in just two test matches. “I cannot understand why the selectors cannot see this and ignored him,” he said.
Coming to the only Twernty20 against England on Wednesday, Qadir wished Sarfraz Ahmed good luck for the match but said the T20 team is incomplete without former skipper Shahid Afridi.
“If the selectors don’t have him in their future plans then they should convey him clearly beforehand,” he said.
“Selectors should not waste Afridi’s time, experience and age. We can get a lot out of Afridi if we use him properly,” he said.
He said senior players like Shoaib Malik and few more that perform once in a blue moon should be dropped permanently from the team and instead youngsters should be given the chance.
“If we have to lose while having the seniors in the team then why not to include youngsters and groom them for future,” he said.
Speaking about the recently concluded ODI series, Qadir said Azhar Ali should be sacked from captaincy and instead he should only play Tests.
“He is not an ODI player and should be removed as his continuity will damage the whole team. Azhar is a very weak captain and is a very bad hitter of the ball,” he said.
Qadir said he has also been a chief selector and if he would have to choose the ODI team then his players would be Salman Butt, Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Imad Wasim, Abdul Razzaq (depending on fitness), Anwar Ali, Sohail Khan, Danish Kaneria, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Aamer Yamin and Muhammad Nawaz.
Qadir said PCB is doing injustice with Kaneria and is damaging his career. “Kaneria should be given back his bread and butter,” he said. -APP