Is there a personal grudge, Latif wonders why Pakistan duo have been treated as scapegoats

Rashid Latif said is there a personal grudge against Imad Wasim and Shan Masood, and said they have been treated like scapegoats

Rashid Latif: “Imad and Shan have been treated as scapegoats”

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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif has questioned if there is a personal grudge after spin-bowling all-rounder Imad Wasim and opening batsman Shan Masood were ignored for the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Pakistan chief selector Mohammad Wasim said Imad has become a “limited cricketer” and needs to be more versatile. Until that happens, Mohammad Nawaz will be preferred over him.

As for Masood, he struggled during Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand and hasn’t been picked since.

However, Latif said “neither Imad nor Shan [can] be dropped based on performance”.

“Imad and Shan have been treated as scapegoats. If we talk about performances in domestic cricket, it’s impossible to drop Shan in Test and ODIs,” Latif said on his YouTube channel as quoted by Ary Sports.

“He [Shan] has been among the highest run-getters in Test cricket for the last year and also [has] runs in List-A cricket, if there is a personal grudge that’s a different thing but neither Imad nor Shan [can] be dropped based on performance.”

Pakistan will play three ODIs and four T20 Internationals against South Africa before heading to Zimbabwe for two Tests and three T20 Internationals.

Pakistan will depart for South Africa on March 26 and the tour will commence on April 2 and conclude on April 16. The ODI series will be played first.

The men in green will then head to Zimbabwe on April 17, but the dates for the matches have yet to be confirmed.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) noted that the national team will travel back to Lahore from Bulawayo on May 12.

Pakistan’s Test Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Tabish Khan, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dhani, Nauman Ali, Zahid Mahmood, Sajid Khan.

Pakistan’s ODI Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.

Pakistan’s T20 Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal.

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One thought on “Is there a personal grudge, Latif wonders why Pakistan duo have been treated as scapegoats

  1. M.WASIM A SELFISH PERSON MUNAFIQ AND TAKE MONEY FROM M.NAWAZ AND HE COACHED HIM THIS IS THE REASON .THANKS TO DR. NAUMAN WHEN HIS MOM CALLED HIM FOR PTV PROGRAM

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