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Pakistan chief selector Moin Khan has announced that “we have to take bold steps” prior to the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Khan’s comments come after the national team’s disastrous tour of Sri Lanka, where they were beaten 2-0 in the Test series and 2-1 in the ODI series.
“After a long time, the Pakistan team did not play to its potential,” Moin said. “When the captain is not in form it reflects on the performance of the whole team and this time our captain was not in good form. Naturally it has an effect and reflects on the minds.
“Everyone will try their best to understand and as soon as possible, improve in the next series. Those who have given good performances will be retained and we will take a good look at those who have not. Time is short for the World Cup, and we have to take bold steps for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.”
Even though Khan hinted that Misbah-ul-Haq may not be captain for much longer prior to the tour, he has now backed the 40-year-old to keep on leading the national team.
“After a long time we have faced a dip in Misbah’s form, but if you look in the past, his performances were very good,” he said. “He has performed in a crisis and played an anchor role. Under him, there has been stability, so we have to look into it.”
Khan is also confident that spinner Saeed Ajmal will be cleared of having an illegal bowling action. Ajmal was reported for having a suspicious bowling action after the first Test in Galle.
“Naturally, we have to think about it and that’s what we are doing,” he said. “In case Ajmal is banned, we definitely have to make alternate plans. So we have summoned two or three bowlers who have been among the wickets to the NCA and we will take a look at them.”