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Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has lashed out at the national selectors for picking batsmen who are sloggers rather than those who can finish games on a consistent basis.
Sohail’s comments come just days ahead of Pakistan’s World Cup squad announcement on April 18.
So far, Pakistan have picked a list of 23 probables for the tournament, all of whom will undergo fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on April 15 and 16.
“The main concern for me is that our players are not playing as per demands of contemporary cricket where teams are reaching close to 350 without taking too many risks and playing percentage strokes,” he was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.
“Our problem is that this selection committee which has been around for a while now still can’t figure out how Pakistan can score 300 plus and for that what do we have to do.
“The unfortunate part is that in Pakistan we look for sloggers. We think sloggers will finish the game. That is not right we need to select and than develop players who can play percentage cricket and finish the job at least seven out of 10 innings.”
Sohail also admitted that he is concerned about some of the batsmen in the Pakistan team having a strike-rate at less than a run a ball.
“In contemporary cricket if you are looking to make 300 to 325 and you have two or three players in your line-up who get fifties or hundreds on more balls then that is a problem,” he said.