Opener Ahmed Shehzad has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Selection Committee and Head Coach Mickey Arthur for finalising squad for Australia ODIs, before the conclusion of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The 27-year-old has, currently, scored 252 runs at an average of 50.40 and strike rate of 132.63, during the ongoing fourth edition of HBL PSL. He has three scores in excess of fifty with 99-run knock — against Karachi Kings — being his highest score.
While speaking to reporters at the National Stadium in Karachi, Shehzad was disappointed with the selection committee led by Inzamam-ul –Haq.
“The selection committee should have waited for the conclusion of HBL PSL before naming squad for Australia ODIs,” said Shehzad. “It is unfair to select squad before the important matches of PSL4.”
Shehzad also criticised Arthur for not taking domestic performances into account.
“Arthur should know that PSL tends to produce good bowlers but not enough qualiy batsmen,” he said. “Good batting talent comes through four-day domestic cricket and it is wrong to not take performances of cricketers doing well there into account.”
The right-handed batsman also expressed his desire to represent Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
The five-match ODI series between Pakistan and Australia will kick start with the series opener in Sharjah on March 22 and the last match in Dubai on March 31.
The series is part of both sides’ ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 preparations, where Australia will defend its title.
Earlier, Shahid Khan Afridi also raises objection and said that the practice of bringing in young cricketers into the national side’s set-up based on their performances in the PSL, should be discouraged.
“I think we are rushing them [youngsters] into the national team set-up. Getting the Pakistan cap has been made too easy,” said Afridi.
The super star all-rounder urged the national selectors to consider more experienced players instead of freshly spotted talent with the World Cup set to be held in England this summer.
“We have many more experienced cricketers who have performed consistently in the first-class circuit and for Pakistan too,” said Afridi.
List of Uncapped Players who went on to play limited overs international cricket for Pakistan after playing in PSL:
- Muhammed Nawaz (Feb 2016)
- Hasan Ali (Aug 2016)
- Rumman Raees (Sep 2016)
- Fakhar Zaman (March 2017)
- Shadab Khan (March 2017)
- Hussain Talat (April 2018)
- Asif Ali (April 2018)
- Shaheen Afridi (April 2018)
- Sahibzada Farhan (July 2018)