PCB still uncertain in finalizing Playing Eleven for T20 WC: Sarfraz

ISLAMABAD: Former Test Cricket Sarfraz Nawaz on Monday said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee had done a huge mistake by not including pacer Muhammad Irfan in the Twenty-20 series against New Zealand.

It was better if Irfan was included in the T20 squad as he was a match winner bowler and could have made difference in the series, Sarfraz said while talking to APP.

He said as the T20 World Cup was approaching, Irfan should have been included in the T20 squad rather than in the ODIs in order to avoid injury to the lanky fast bowler.

Pakistan will play three Twenty20 and three ODIs against New Zealand with the first T20 starting on January 15.

Expressing his views about lack of final team combinations for the mega event, Sarfraz said it was very disappointing and sort of laziness on part of the selectors and team management that no team combination was finalized yet.

“Every time we lose a match the coach and T20 captain skipper Shahid Afridi come up with the same excuse that they are experimenting with the players to finalize the final eleven for the World Cup,” he said.

Sarfraz said final team for the World Cup should have been finalized long time ago as it would not only had given more confidence to the players but also shape the team in a balanced way.

He also advised the PCB not to include those players in the Pakistan Super League who they think would be part of team for the World Cup in order to avoid injuries before the mega event.

Talking about the return of Muhammad Amir to the national squad, he said in his personal opinion the tainted fast bowler should not have been called back as the trio had brought bad name to the country.

Meanwhile former chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan said he would not comment over cricketing affairs of Pakistan as long as corrupt elements were present in the PCB and team management.


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