Friday, 9 January 2015

Javed Miandad criticises selectors for not backing Shoaib Malik

Former Pakistan Test skipper Javed Mianded has criticised national cricket selectors for not including veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 squad, saying that the present squad lacks experience.

Miandad said that it was tough to compare the present team with the one they had in 1992, adding that if selectors picked fast bowler Sohail Khan on his recent performance in Pentangular Cup, Malik also deserved to make, at least, one more comeback, the Dawn reported.

According to AFP, chief selector Moin Khan gave leg-spinner Yasir Shah his backing when he said, “I think Shah will be effective… and we have confidence in him.” Moin went on to say that the team was selected after consultation with Misbah and coach Waqar Younis. “We selected the squad after thorough consultation… and although no one can give assurances of results, we are hopeful that the team will do well,” said Moin.

Miandad further said that though Malik had been out of the national team for quite some time, he had been playing in league cricket in Australia and had also scored prolifically in the domestic cricket matches, the report added. According to him, Malik, not only as batsman, would have easily filled the void of Hafeez as off-spinner. (ANI)

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