Mahmood last played for Pakistan over four years ago
Former Pakistan cricketer, Azhar Mahmood’s likelihood of playing for the national team again took a bit of a bad turn after selector Saleem Jaffer, stated that the all-rounder had to play in the domestic leagues to prove his worth.
Mahmood, has not played for Pakistan in more than four years, but after displaying many consistent performances, there have been calls for him to be reinstated into the national team.
Speaking exclusively to PakPassion, Jaffer said: “Azhar would first have to play in domestic cricket in Pakistan before we can consider him for a return to the Pakistan side. Domestic cricket is what we gauge performances by. Past international performances and those in domestic competitions of other countries aren’t really what the selectors are basing their judgment of players upon.”
However, Jaffer stated that the selection process was based on performance and not age.
“Age is irrelevant when we are selecting players and is no barrier. What we are looking for in any format is the right attitude, good levels of fitness and good form. Azhar has all these attributes but I must reiterate that he needs to start appearing in domestic cricket in Pakistan before we can select him. Priority for international selection will be given to those cricketers who have featured in domestic cricket,” he said.
But, Jaffer also mentioned that Mahmood was not completely ruled out, stating that the matter of his selection would be thoroughly discussed in the next selection committee meeting on May 11, when the squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour would be announced.
Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka will consist of three Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.