Pakistan news August 1, 2011

No agenda against senior players - Mohsin

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan's chairman of selectors, Mohsin Khan has denied that the Pakistan board has an agenda against senior players. Mohsin was responding to Pakistan allrounder Abdul Razzaq's comments, in an earlier interview, in which he had accused the Pakistan Cricket Board of indulging in conspiracy to keep senior players out of the national team.

It's the job of the selection committee to finalise the team," Mohsin told Express Tribune. "I don't know about any lobby and I don't feel there is any agenda against the senior players."

While senior players like Razzaq and Shahid Afridi were not included in Pakistan's squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, the selectors also chose to rest fast bowlers Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, with fringe seamers Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan making up the pace attack. There was also a change in the spin department with Abdur Rehman being rested and Yasir Shah being given an opportunity to make his international debut.

Reacting to the team selection, Razzaq had told the Urdu newspaper Jang, that "axing of senior players is not in the interest of Pakistan cricket". Razzaq alleged there was a lobby within the PCB that was misguiding the board chairman Ijaz Butt. "It's a conspiracy against the senior players," Razzaq said. "There's a lobby which is misguiding the chairman who is working sincerely for the promotion of the game. They just want to secure their position in the board and their agenda is against the interest of Pakistan cricket.

Razzaq, who last played for Pakistan when they were beaten by India in the World Cup semi-final earlier this year, said that he had "fallen victim to the conspiracies of this lobby".

"This lobby is active in slowly ousting all senior players from the team and there is one main person who is calling the shots from behind the curtain," he said.

However Mohsin dismissed the allegations and said the senior players "should not be disheartened and should work on winning their place by proving their worth in the domestic tournaments".

"The selection committee is working on a simple policy that any player who is doing well should get a chance," Mohsin said. "We just want to give a chance to the youngsters who are our future. If there was an agenda then we wouldn't have a 35-year old captain [Misbah-ul-Haq] who is also a very senior player."

The squad for Zimbabwe includes three uncapped players - top-order batsman Rameez Raja, legspinner Shah and seamer Cheema. Mohsin had earlier explained that the fresh look to the squad was an effort to blood youngsters. "We have to bring in young players along with seniors so that they could be groomed," he said.

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  • S on August 4, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Did anyone (Amit) see the two that India released recently?

  • Amjad on August 2, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Stark62 has a fair point. you cant have world class players whos carriers start at 27+. we should be blooding young guns at around 20 or so if not earlier. Looking forward to Cheema's bowling and Raja's batting...

  • Haseeb on August 2, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Resting Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed and Wahab Riaz when pakistan play less cricket any how, all they end up doing is play cricket in english county so why not pick them for Zim tour, its not like wahab reiz is experienced, he needs to play the highest leval to improve and Gul needs to prove him self as a fast bowler cos he hasnt. Tanvir is not the future of pak bowling so the sooner they move on the better.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    If they are resting senior bowlers,,its a good idea coz already Zimbabwe isn't so strong team,,we must try to test our junior players and i think Misbah too should have been rested and Hafeez should have been made Captain for this series so we could get know our new talent !

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    misbah is not senior player mohsin plz correct ur stats there is definitely something going against pak cricket look at shoaib malik case he is out of actio for almost 2 years look at yousuf case look at younis case razzaqs case and most recent afridi case they r all superstars and match winners pcb will have to correct itself

  • Vinay on August 2, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Being an Indian i loved to watch the games of Pakistan when Wasim, Waqar, Anwar, Aaqib, Afridi etc used to play..pak was having the most dangerous attack than any other team could was the only team which produced the most dangerous attacking bowlers the world cricket has seen & I hoped the same will continue in the future also, but what am i seeing now is exactly opposite of the past,i dont even understand to whom the fans should blame the board or to the players, for now i feel a kind of revolution thing should happen in the Pakistan cricket so that Pak cricket can gain those glorious days back. Best of Luck to Pakistan Cricket.

  • Munsif on August 2, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    PCB dont know to respect the senior players............

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    pcb is just trying to build up the reserves. If they had explained it well enough everyone would have understood and accepted it. A series against zimbabwe is the ideal time to expose promising players

  • Omar on August 2, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Just because Misbah's an old man (relatively) doesn't make him a senior player. He's been playing international cricket (inconsistently) for what, four years now?

  • Hazim on August 1, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    How about the drama happened today at Trent Bridge Amit. Biggest win by a team which was down in the second innings in the history. Hats off to England. Now don't waste time following other two tests since England will tatter India and will win the series 4-0.

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