Khan is astounded by some of the players selected to represent Pakistan at the World Twenty20
Former Pakistan coach and chief selector Mohsin Khan believes the nation’s squad for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 was chosen too fast.
Khan stated that there were a number of flaws within the team that the selectors missed out on, and also did not understand why there was no fitness test to see which players were in good shape and vice versa.
With the deadline of the squad announcement set for August 18, The Express Tribune, quoted Khan as saying: “The selectors made a hasty selection for the major event, the team was announced just to facilitate the coach (Dav Whatmore) who had to leave for holidays. This shows the selection was a one-man show. The feedback from the coach and captain is important but selectors should have the ultimate say.”
Khan was more shocked by the fact that Pakistan had left out left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan, opener Ahmed Shehzad and spinner Abdur Rehman.
“It is very sad to see Junaid’s snub as he was the only fast-bowler who did well in Sri Lanka. He could have been a good addition as we are struggling in the fast-bowling department. Raza Hasan has just played one One-Day International and his selection over the experienced Rehman is shocking. The decision to overlook Ahmed Shahzad over Imran Nazir is also not understandable,” Khan added.
Khan noted that the selectors had not made their choices on how players had been performing in the domestic leagues, but rather in international tournaments and in the English county league.
“Selectors have sent a bad message to domestic cricketers by selecting people like Yasir Arafat and Nazir on the basis of their show elsewhere,” he said.