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Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan has admitted that he is still fuming over his axing from the World Cup squad as neither the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), national selectors or former head coach Mickey Arthur have given him a reason why he was dropped.
Junaid still believes that there was no reason why he should have been removed from the team at the last minute.
In addition to Junaid, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and opener Abid Ali were removed from the World Cup squad as well.
In their place, Pakistan called up left-arm seamers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir, along with big-hitting middle order batsman Asif Ali.
Even though Amir and Wahab fared well at the tournament, Junaid reiterated that he still doesn’t know why he was dropped from the team.
“Just like any other player facing a similar situation, I was deeply disappointed by my exclusion from the final squad for the World Cup,” he told PakPassion. “I am sure if the same question was asked of Faheem Ashraf or Abid Ali, they would have had replied in the same way.
“Every player wishes to represent their country in a big tournament like the World Cup and I am no different and didn’t feel too good about the fact that I wasn’t included in the squad. If after all this, Pakistan had won the World Cup, I would have celebrated with everyone else, but since we didn’t perform well, my disappointment was doubled by that.
“In my view, there was really no reason for my exclusion but then the Pakistan selectors can probably explain their decisions much better and shed light on this issue. It was them, along with the Pakistan Head Coach, who decided to drop me from the original squad, and no one really explained the reasons to me.
“I felt that my fitness was good and only in the final game of the ODI series against England before the World Cup was my performance not up to the mark but then I was no worse than the other bowlers in the Pakistan line-up so that really couldn’t have been the issue.
“To drop a senior player from the squad of such an important tournament based upon one performance does not normally happen and it was very disappointing.
“My belief has always been that any coach will support you as long as you perform well. Of course, there is an element of ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ when it comes to a relationship between the coach and players but that happens in every country and in every team.
“In my case, I had a good relationship with Mickey Arthur and felt that he supported me well, but I am not sure why when it came to the World Cup, he decided to drop me from the 15-man squad for the tournament. This is a question that only Mickey can answer as I really have no idea what happened there.
“It’s difficult to tell whether this decision was based on his thoughts alone or whether the captain and selectors had anything to do with it. I suppose only they can explain the logic behind excluding me from the final squad for the World Cup.”