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Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif has expressed his infuriation towards the national selectors as he believes they have selected a Twenty20 team for the upcoming Test series in Ireland and England.
Many uncapped players were included in the Test squad, including Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Salahuddin, Saad Ali and Faheem Ashraf.
“Several members of the touring side have no experience of Test cricket and yet they have been selected for the all-important tour of UK and Ireland, for reasons best known to the selectors,” Asif was quoted as saying by Dawn.
Asif and former captain Salman Butt, both of whom were banned for five years for their involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010, have been putting up a string of strong performances on the domestic circuit.
However, they continue to be ignored as the national selectors seem to have their sights set on younger talents.
But, Asif feels that the selection policy should be based on performance and fitness.
“But, unfortunately, these criteria were not considered in selection of some players this time,” he added.
Asif also took aim at captain Sarfraz Ahmed, questioning how he can lead his players if he himself is not living up to expectations.
“How can he [Sarfraz] then motivate other players if his own performance is below par?” Asif said.
Pakistan’s Test match against Ireland, which will get underway on May 11 in Dublin, will be a historic fixture as it will be the latter’s first-ever Test match.
As for their tour of England, it will consist of two Tests, with the first beginning on May 24 at Lord’s. The second Test will be held at Headingley in Leeds on June 1.