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Shoaib slams omission of Ahmed Shehzad from World T20 squad

ISLAMABAD: Former Test cricketer Shoaib Mohammad has said that the selectors have done injustice with players who are performing in the Pakistan Super League in order to get an international recall. “By announcing Twenty-20 World Cup squad without evaluating the players performance from the PSL was a very selfish decision from the selectors,” Mohammad told...

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 14, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 14, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Shoaib slams omission of Ahmed Shehzad from World T20 squad

Ahmed SHEHZAD
ISLAMABAD: Former Test cricketer Shoaib Mohammad has said that the selectors have done injustice with players who are performing in the Pakistan Super League in order to get an international recall.

“By announcing Twenty-20 World Cup squad without evaluating the players performance from the PSL was a very selfish decision from the selectors,” Mohammad told APP.

“Selectors have shattered the confidence of these players’. PSL is a total waste of money and what was the purpose of holding this league when none of its performances were to be evaluated for the selection of the team,” he questioned.

Shoaib said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should question the selectors in this regard. He also said that skipper Shahid Afridi has failed to deliver as a captain and that is quite evident from the team’s performance in the recent past series including against New Zealand and England.

Speaking about leaving out opener Ahmed Shahzad from the T20 World Cup-bound squad, Shoaib said it is the incompetence of national selectors who cannot see talent in Ahmed.

Shoaib, who played in 45 Tests and 63 One Day Internationals, said “Our selectors don’t know what type of a team to pick for a mega event like this. Naming inexperienced players in a big tournament like this is the lack of requisite skill and foresight in the selectors,” he said.

The selectors have picked four uncapped players including batsmen Khurram Manzoor and Babar Azam, fast bowler Rumman Raees, and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz in the squad.

Shoaib, who is the son of legendary Hanif Mohammad, said the selectors are destroying a player like Ahmed.

“First the selectors shook Ahmed’s confidence by dropping him from the ODI team against England last year and now they are completely destroying him. This move from the selectors will disturb the team’s opening combination which can result in loss in the mega event,” he said. – APP

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