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Former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz has lashed out at the national selectors due to the team that was picked for the ongoing ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan have already lost the series as they trail 3-0 going into the last two games.
However, with the World Cup starting in two months’ time, Sarfraz questioned why the selectors decided to rest captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali for the series.
“Win or loss does not matter, the first thing for the selectors is to field the best team and no one can justify the policy of resting the key players, especially when the World Cup is barely two months away,” the 70-year-old, who represented Pakistan in 55 Tests and 45 ODIs, told Dawn. “I don’t believe the PSL’s T20 matches were any serious activity which could cause fatigue to the players. The PSL was just a cakewalk for the players and could not have been tiresome for them. So this ‘rest’ logic is beyond me really.”