Exclusive: Pakistan should now field merit-based team: Sarfraz Nawaz


Karachi: Former Pakistan cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz feels that after losing to India, Pakistan should now learn how to pick team and which players to field in crucial matches and now no more experimentation is required no matter which team they face.

“The way our team has gone in the World Cup, it was no surprise that we lost to India, who came with a better plan,” Sarfraz told arysports.tv on Tuesday.

“The team is directionless just as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). PCB governing board members are joy-riding in Australia. They care little about team’s performance and this attitude has been transferred in the team management and the team. End result – no coherence of decisions and below par performance,” he added.

Sarfraz further said that World Cup is not the stage where team management and players put their friendship first and then the interest of the national team.

“Pakistan is paying the price of favoritism in the team and impractical decisions. How can anyone think of sending Younus Khan to open the inning?” he questioned.

“It is now time that players are picked on the basis of merit and not on personal liking and disliking. All matches should now be taken equally important and best team with practical plans should be fielded,” he added.

“We should now win match against West Indies on Saturday. But if we do the mistakes, which we did against India, then you never know we could even be elbowed out and couldn’t qualify even for the knockouts,” he said.