Changes in Pakistan’s WT20 squad can’t be ruled out
Dubai: WT20 captain Shahid Afridi denies any changes in the selected squad for WT20 and says a close watch will be kept on players performance during the Asia Cup.
PCB had announced a 15 member squad after ICC’s dead line of 8th February for the WT20 to be played in India and the Asia Cup next month.
Shahid Afridi said we hope not to make any change in the announced squad and let them play both the tournaments but if any player fails to click in the Asia Cup, then changes in WT20 squad are expected.
The Asia Cup T20 starts with the match between India and Bangladesh on 24th February. Pakistan will play against their traditional rival India on 27th February at Sher-e- Bangla cricket stadium Dhaka. Asia Cup final will be played on 6th March at Dhaka.
Shahid Afridi said, if any player shows an impressive performance in PSL, it is quite likely he may be nominated for the WT20.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed teams who have qualified for the WT20 to make changes in their selected squad latest by 8th March.
According to the cricket country web site the captain of WT20 said he was disappointment on the performance of few players during the recent matches played under his captaincy.
He said the selectors, team management including myself gave full support and encouragement to every player but we did not get the desired response from these players.
Afridi said he can say with confidence that under his captaincy every player in the team got full chance to show his performance.
He said ‘I am not of the view to drop someone just after one or two matches and I can very openly say every player who played in the team got full support and encouragement from the coach the selectors and myself.”
The all rounder said unfortunately our players lack consistency and I am hoping if PSL is held regularly for two to three years, then new talent will emerge and get a chance to be refined playing in front of the PSL crowd.
The Peshawar Zalmi captain of PSL said, no one comes to witness the country’s domestic cricket and there is no real pressure on the players to perform well. In my opinion PSL can serve as a platform where players can develop their confidence and learn to play under pressure.
On the question of inducting young players in the national team, he said if any senior player feels its ‘time to go’ and there is talent available to replace him he must retire and leave room for the new talent.
He said “if there is some capable talent available to replace me, I am ready to say goodbye and leave space for him in the team.”