The chances of Mohammad Hafeez’s return will seem bleaker if he is unable to clear his upcoming bowling action test, told Shahryar Khan to Daily Express in an interview.
Talking during the interview, he said that Hafeez is no longer an allrounder with his suspected bowling action, thus he will have to play as a specialist batsman.
“Hafeez has requested to be tested in Loughborough, Cardiff and we obliged because he is a senior player of the team. However, if he fails to clear his test once again, it will be extremely difficult for the selection committee to include him in the national side,” said Shaharyar.
On another question regarding Misbah Ul Haq replacement, the PCB boss said that they have been unable to find a suitable replacement of the veteran.
“We haven’t decided who will lead the Test side once Misbah steps down,” he said. “If the upcoming tours in Australia and New Zealand go well then we can even ask Misbah to continue leading the side for a while.”
Pakistan’s 42-year old test skipper is likely to call it a day for international cricket after New Zealand and Australia’s upcoming tours.
He further stated on the issue of Misbah and Younis are doing well, however, the fact cannot be ignored that they are nearing their retirements and the think tank has to think about the future.
“Misbah and Younis Khan have been performing well for Pakistan and are in contention to remain in the side. However, they are nearing their retirements and for the future of the team we must make preparations from now.”
Shahryar Khan was also asked about his take on Najam Sethi’s statement that Pakistan Super League would become an independent company, separate from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“The league authorities feel that they will enjoy more freedom as an independent company as they will be able to take administrative decisions on their own. They can certainly do that as long as there are no violations of PCB rules. This decision was made by the Board of Governors,” Khan answered the question.