Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Pakistan media says wrong selection' may cost team ICC Champions Trophy win

Pakistani media has lambasted the list of 30 probables for the ICC Champions Trophy announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last week, saying that selection may cost the country any hopes of winning the ICC Champions Trophy.

Stating that half of the players in the list are not eligible for the selection, The Nation said that Pakistan can produce better results in the tournament if the neglected players from the list are given a second thought as compared to the preliminary selections.

According to the paper, the selection of Nasir Jamshed among the 30 probables is a mistake by the PCB as Jamshed performed poorly during the entire South Africa tour and in the recently-concluded Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup in Lahore.

Naming Imran Farhat as another wrong selection, the paper said that as even though he had given countless opportunities by the selectors, but he consistently failed to justify his position in the squad, adding that his powerful connections led him to occupy a slot in the touring team.

The paper further said that Farhat is almost destroying the careers of many talented players as he can only bat at No 1 or 2, adding that there is no place for him in the playing XI with the likes of Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, M Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed as openers.

The paper also criticised the exclusion of Abdul Razzaq from the list, saying that although Razzaq had helped Pakistan by winning many important matches single-handedly but due to personal reasons, the selectors are sabotaging his career.

However, the paper further stated that even though the selectors missed few key players from the initial squad, they can still hope for the best as some of the selected players can turn the whole scenario of the match with their individual performances, but added that it depends on the final short-listed players for Champions Trophy. (ANI)

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