Why is Ramiz angry that Naseem and Musa were picked for Pakistan’s tour of Australia?

Ramiz Raja doesn't think Naseem Shah and Muhammad Musa deserve to be in the Pakistan team cricket

Ramiz Raja: “On what basis have you selected [a 16 and] 18-year-old thinking they will become world beaters when they don’t know what line and length to bowl in Australia?”

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Ex-Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja is less than impressed with the fact that the uncapped pace duo of Naseem Shah and Muhammad Musa were picked for the national team’s tour of Australia.

Naseem, 16, was selected for the two-Test series, which will run from November 21 to December 3, while Musa was included in both the Test and Twenty20 squads. The three-match Twenty20 series will take place between November 3 and 8.

Ramiz feels that the duo haven’t done enough to earn a call-up to the national team.

Naseem has claimed 17 wickets in five first-class games at an average of 18.70. He went wicketless in the one List A match he played and has picked up two wickets in three Twenty20s at an average of 51.50.

As for Musa, he has featured in seven first-class matches and taken 17 wickets at an average of 37.52. He has also played six List A and eight Twenty20 games, where he has taken seven wickets at an average of 45.14 and 12 wickets at an average of 22.75 respectively.

“Although Muhammad Musa Khan and Naseem Shah have potential, they are only [16 and] 18 years old and have never toured Australia,” Ramiz said in a YouTube video as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “On what basis have you selected [a 16 and] 18-year-old thinking they will become world beaters when they don’t know what line and length to bowl in Australia?

“You can give a chance to one young bowler but you can’t base your entire attack on them. It is understandable to give chances to youngsters in T20s, but you can’t take such big risks in Test cricket.”

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