Pakistan cricket team’s head coach Mickey Arthur has once again emphasised that a player will have to perform at optimum level to be a member of the national side. Arthur was talking to the media on the sidelines of the first day of Pakistan’s three-day training session ahead of the West Indies series on Thursday.
When asked whether he had dropped Mohammad Hafeez from his plans altogether, he said:
“The doors are not closed for him at all. He knows it and I have had a chat with him about it. If Hafeez is bowling, he becomes a very good option for us. If he doesn’t bowl, it becomes a problem.”
“We have often said that we are not going to pick players who just do one discipline. We want players who do all disciplines and fielding is not negotiable now. If you can’t field well, you cannot play for Pakistan anymore.”
Hafeez, however, will remain part of the thought process for the one-day side, he added.
Series between Pakistan and West Indies is kicking-off on Sunday and the West-Indian team is expected to arrive in Karachi on Saturday evening.
“I expect a cracker of a series,” Arthur said. “People are saying that some of the big names are not here. But at the end of the day, West Indies are a very proud cricketing nation. The players that they send here have absolutely nothing to lose. They are looking to forge their careers and are going to be very dangerous. And we will have to play exceptionally well. I think this is going to be a great series.” Pakistan added four uncapped players – Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Shaheen Shinwari, and Rahat Ali – in their 15-member line-up for the series to be played on three consecutive days.
Published in Dawn, March 30th, 2018