Coach Mickey Arthur revealed the reason behind Mohammad Hafeez’s non-selection in the T20 squad for the West Indies series.
Arthur says that Hafeez is unable to bowl due to illegal bowling action went against his favour.
“If Hafeez is bowling, that’s great. But if not, then that’s a problem,” Arthur told while talking to media at the National Stadium.
Asking about not selecting Kamran Akmal in the squad despite remarkable performance in the Pakistan Super League, Arthur said that he will not compromise on fielding standards.
“Kamran Akmal is a very good batsman, but unfortunately he can’t field. We already have Sarfraz Ahmed as our wicketkeeper. Fielding is non-negotiable. If you can’t field, you can’t play for Pakistan. Simple as that,” he said.
The coach expressed his excitement at having more young blood in the squad in the form of Asif Ali, Hussain Talat and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
“These guys have brought fresh energy to the squad. We have a very strong squad, with all the in-form players. All of them are going to get equal chances,” he said.
On the return of international cricket to Karachi, the coach said he cannot wait for the stadium to fill up again.
“I just can’t wait to see the stadium full, with the green flags and Dil Dil Pakistan playing out and the boys performing”
The three-match series between Pakistan vs West Indies will be played on April 1, 2 and 3 at National Stadium, Karachi.