Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has criticized the Pakistan cricket team management’s safe approach for selecting the squad for the T20I series against Bangladesh, starting from 24th January at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.
The renowned commentator thinks that there was no need of bringing back senior all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez in the side.
“I have a serious problem, I am angry after looking at Pakistan’s T20I squad because the base of the selection is wrong,” said Ramiz on his YouTube channel.
“The selection clearly showed a fear of loss. The approach is not based on long term goals because they have picked Malik and Hafeez, two players aged 38 and all of us know they have played their best cricket in the past,” he added.
Former batsman bashed the team management for throwing out youngsters in Australian conditions whereas seniors are brought in at home conditions. “If they [Hafeez and Malik] were too important for the side then why they were not in the team for Australia tour?” Raja asked.
It must be noted here that Pakistan team head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq announced a 15-men squad for the upcoming shorter format series. Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ali, Haris Sohail were the notable omission from the squad.
Three uncapped players Ahsan Ali, Haris Rauf and Amad Butt are found their places in the team for the first time. Experienced Malik and Hafeez have also made a comeback in the national side.