Karachi: Former Pakistan captain and renowned cricket commentator Ramiz Raja was baffled over Green Shirts’ selection policy for the T20I series against Zimbabwe.
The 58-year-old Ramiz said that Pakistan missed the perfect opportunity to provide chances to youngsters instead of going with T20I regulars and winning so closely.
“I can’t evaluate whether to be happy for this win or have fear as Pakistan almost played with their best XI to beat Zimbabwe,” Ramiz said on his YouTube channel.
“The logic behind accepting this tour must have been clear cut. Providing chances to new players, PSL and domestic’s top performers,” he added.
“No one would have raised questions if we had lost but the thinking of losing a match and not focusing on the larger picture,” he maintained.
Ramiz questioned on whether Pakistan has options once top players get out of form which is not new in T20 cricket.
“Instantly top players get off-color and it’s nothing new while there are no options at the back. You haven’t created options. It was a great opportunity to give confidence go with youngsters,” he added.
Ramiz wished skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez would have rested in the T20I series against Zimbabwe.
“It would have been great that Babar Azam should not have played this T20I series and enjoy the glory he achieved in the last 20 days. He would have taken rest and make up his mind of playing two Tests where there is room for improvement for him,” he maintained.
“The same goes for senior players as Pakistan cricket won’t improve at a collective and individual level,” he added.