Pakistan in England 2010 June 21, 2010

Former players lambast non-consultative selection

Cricinfo staff

The manner and nature of Pakistan's squad selection for this summer's tour to England has come under fire from members of the selection committee itself, who are unhappy with the Twenty20 and Test squad, claiming they weren't consulted over the composition.

The squads were announced on Sunday by the board after a meeting between chairman of selectors Mohsin Khan, coach Waqar Younis, manager Yawar Saeed and captain Shahid Afridi in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, where the Asia Cup is underway. Cricinfo understands that the remaining selectors in Pakistan were not involved or consulted at all in the choices.

A couple of key inclusions in particular - the recall of Yasir Hameed and Wahab Riaz and the overlooking of Younis Khan and Mohammad Sami - seem to have irked the selectors who are thought to have been against the decisions had they been consulted. The snub from the chief selector has led at least one of the selectors to ponder handing in his resignation.

One of the selectors claims he wasn't contacted until just before the announcement was made and that too only to be asked about the statistics of a player under consideration. The chief selector, it is claimed, wasn't prepared enough in the first place to make the selections. Mohsin, still in Sri Lanka, has not spoken to the media yet about the squad.

The squads' composition has also been criticised for lacking experience, particularly in the batting; the overlooking of Younis is a case in point. Banned indefinitely in the aftermath of the Australia tour, Younis was one of several players whose punishments were subsequently overturned on appeal.

But over the last couple of weeks the sense has emerged that the board will not let him back in unless he apologises for what they deem to be his mistakes, as the other returnees have done. Ijaz Butt, chairman of the board, said last week that Younis's return would require clearance from the board, an issue that wasn't deemed to be an issue at all with Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers.

"I feel Younis has been victimised," Iqbal Qasim, the former chief selector who resigned from the post in February after the Australia tour, said. "He fought his case and was outspoken against the treatment and was dropped."

The absence of Younis and Mohammad Yousuf - who retired from international cricket in protest at his indefinite ban - from the 17-man Test squad robs an already fragile batting side of their two most experienced and successful Test batsman. The pair have scored nearly 30% of Pakistan's Test runs since October 2004 and almost half their Test hundreds.

Even with the pair Pakistan have crossed 300 in a Test innings only 11 times in their last 30 attempts. Now the most experienced batsman in the middle order in their absence is Malik, who has played 29 Tests without fully cementing his spot in the side and is not a certain Test starter in any case. Imran Farhat, with 33 Tests, is the most experienced specialist batsman in the squad.

Javed Miandad, director general and regular critic of the board, was also left asking questions about the selection and the manner of it. "An England tour is always a difficult one and we're playing good teams," he told Geo News. "The conditions are such that you need experience because even they will be troubled, so new, inexperienced players also struggle. In the middle order there is no one to play a Test match innings. One or two experienced guys were necessary for the balance of the side, but apparently even the selectors here didn't know about the team."

Miandad said he would brief the patron of the PCB, President Asif Ali Zardari, on the matter. "The president is a cricket lover, he encouraged me to take up the job in the PCB for the betterment of the game," he said. "He must know what's wrong in the PCB."

Former captain Rashid Latif said that, along with Younis, Sami, Faisal Iqbal and Khurram Manzoor also deserved a place in the squad. "I respect the selection but four players - Younis, Sami, Iqbal and Manzoor - deserved places in the team," said Latif.

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  • Rizwan on June 23, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    If Pakistan loose like they did in Australia, will Chairman & Chief selector take responsibility for the result and resign honourably or some more players out of the team be crucified? I think later might be the case........... What a sorry state Pakistan cricket is in!

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    I have been watching pakistan cricket and metters its been going through very closely for quite a long. Always in favour of giving time to the PCB current board despite all blunders they did ( thought that might be mistakes which can be made by anyone and hopping they might lern from, for the benefit of not only for the pak cricket but the country they all carring passport of and pocketting huge amount of money from. Cutting it shourt, only one thing wana know like so many other pakistanies. DOES afridi can justufy inclusion of Yasir hameed wen he said younis is out for his last yr form( Does YASIR is showed better form in QAID E AZZAM trophy)? and some decipline, surprising reson. if Mr afridi's decipline and Shoub Malik's last yr's farm couldn't made selection commettee to keep them out of england tour, then one can clearly understand the reaso. YAWAR SAYEED the person behind the desaster pak cricket if facing is back, iTS NOTHING BUT GHADARI from country. LETS ACCEPT IT ...

  • Asad on June 23, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    This is a very biased selection and no wonder that the selectors were not consulted. It is biased selection because a lot of Karachi based players who deserved to be selected on the basis of domestic performance and talent were ignored, names like Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Younis Khan, Mohammad Sami, Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam. In their places you have mediocres like Umar Amin, Zulqarnain Haider, Azhar Ali, Wahab Riaz and surprise, surprise all of them have underperformed in domestic cricket. The sole reason for dropping Younis, Sarfraz & Co. seems to be that they are from Karachi, the greatest sin in the eyes of Pak cricket. Very sad.

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    I wish new PCB includes: Imran Khan or Wasim Akram.. all time greats, they will make right decision for Pakistan Cricket, I don't know why this job is given to Mosin Khan, he spend most of his time in film industry, he don't have much knowledge and experience about the game and also the situation Pakistan Cricket is in. They desperately need to win matches and current management is making this impossible now. This team includes mostly new comers, that never played International cricket, and they never played in England, in quick and swinging wickets, even now look at Umar Amin in sub continent pitches he couldn't perform well, and you guys think these new comer will perform in England??, PCB selecting them without any thought, they think guys like Umar Amin is better than Yousef/Younis, that is one big joke haha hahaha....

  • Anam on June 23, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    For the first time in the history of Pakistan cricket..someone FINALLY is stepping up against these loonies like deeply content over the selection its great to see young new comers in the team...Waqar is doing a great job...according to miandad england is a tough tour which is true but its not always about winning with the inclusion of the same old "ghissay pittay" players...altho the exclusion of yunus has baffled me bc he is one of the best players and hes an awesome batsmen...if the exception is made against malik, afridi and shud also be made against yunus...but other then that am pretty happy with the overall selection so far...peace out

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    The criticizers do not take into account the fact that this is Pakistan Cricket Board. They will never be tamed and will have no rationale behind what they are doing.

    Dont even like to criticize Ijaz Butt anymore as this is useless. And so what if he goes out of power. His replacement will bring no difference to the Pakistan Cricket.

    But again, Pakistan is a team that has unpredictability and we could spring in surprises anytime we want to.

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    This Pakistan test squad is very boring without Shoaib Akhter for any spectator, he played well, and proved his fitness, he is far better bowler than amer, asif, gul, if he bowls 10 overs that is equal to 50 overs from other bowlers. Batting looks very weak, without experienced batsmen Yousef and Younis, I guess a lot of runs will come from Akmal Brothers, they are only proper batsmen I can see, but it wont be enough, they cant score all the runs, they need more support, if yousef or younis was playing that would boast team performance. This is very disappointing. I wont watch a single test game, it will be waste of time... I hope they lose badly and PCB regret...

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi was right, Younis is a rare breed among Pakistani cricketers, a man with real dignity and honor and he has yet again been victimized because of it. The fact that he is being punished by people who made him a scapegoat, for not apologizing for it, is ludicrous. He is one of the best batsmen Pakistan has ever produced and among the finest batsmen of his generation, a player with an average of 50, the consequence of being treated like dirt speaks volumes of the PCB. What about Fawwad Alam? He is a player who playing for any other country would have a bright future.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    hey hey mr shiraz no doubt fawad alam is a very good player he deserves a place in the team but the u r talking about averages right there is a big big difference in the players u mentioned these players have played many matches that is the reason their average is very less and fawad has just played 3 tests if he'll play more test his average will either increase or decrease

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    no Mohammed Irfan they should have picked him instead of Wahab Riaz . Younus should have been picked for the test , PAKISTAN"S BATTING AND BOWLING COULD BE FRAGILE >

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