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Batsman Sami Aslam believes that Pakistan “will never develop good cricketers if the culture of favouritism isn’t eradicated”.
Aslam feels that favouritism is rife right now and took a shot at the selectors for giving certain players many chances, while others are dropped after a couple of bad performances.
The 25-year-old wants to see players treated fairly and thinks Pakistan cricket will move forward once the like-dislike culture comes to an end.
“The biggest problem is that the people they should be backing and giving opportunities to are not allowed to settle and after a couple of low scores they were dropped,” Aslam, who now plays in America, told PakPassion.
“Now the selectors speak about giving players proper opportunities, well that wasn’t the case in the past when they would sideline any decent opening batsman if he had two low scores. You will never develop good cricketers if the culture of favouritism isn’t eradicated.
“The favourites can fail in 20 matches and still get selected, but the batsmen who you dislike, the minute they fail, they are thrown out of the team.”
Aslam last represented Pakistan in October 2017, but was one of the top performers in domestic cricket in 2019.
In the 2019 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, he was the fourth-highest run-scorer with 864 runs in 10 matches for Southern Punjab, which included four centuries and a fifty, at an average of 78.54.
In the 2020 tournament, he accumulated 141 runs in three games for Balochistan, which included a half-century, at an average of 23.50.