Why is Yasir Arafat disappointed with Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad?

Yasir Arafat disappointed lack of genuine spinners in Pakistan Asia Cup squad cricket

Yasir Arafat: “What has surprised me most is the absence of a few more genuine spinners in the line-up”

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Former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat has admitted that he is less than impressed with the absence of genuine spinners in the country’s Asia Cup squad.

Arafat was disappointed not to see all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and spinner Imad Wasim make the cut.

Hafeez was overlooked for the tournament, while Wasim failed a fitness test twice, which led to him being snubbed for the competition in the United Arab Emirates.

“The Pakistan selectors have gone for the tried-and-tested approach when selecting the ODI squad for the upcoming Asia Cup,” Arafat wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “Apart from the exclusion of Mohammad Hafeez which I will discuss later, what has surprised me most is the absence of a few more genuine spinners in the line-up.

“As we have seen from past experience of playing in the UAE, Pakistan have always played with two or three specialist spin bowling options who have proved crucial in the team’s success there.

“We know that Imad Wasim is not included in the team and Mohammad Hafeez is missing from the team as well. Add to that the fact that Shoaib Malik has not been that consistent as a spinner in recent times, and you will understand that we have a serious deficiency in our bowling attack for this tournament.”

Pakistan will begin their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong on September 16 in Dubai.