Pakistan hasn’t had a memorable 12 months in international cricket. Though there has been a joy of cricket returning the country, the team hasn’t performed that well to rejoice that success. After an unsuccessful World Cup where the Men in Green failed to make it to the semis, it took some time for the management to take tough decisions.
While Misbah-ul-Haq replaced Mickey Arthur as the head coach cum selector soon after the mega event, it took a home T20 series whitewash at the hands of a depleted Sri Lanka side for the management to axe Sarfaraz Ahmed from the team. Moroever, the veterans is Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez weren’t picked in the T20I side either in a bid to give a chance to the youngsters.
However, the results weren’t encouraging even after Babar Azam took over the reins in the T20Is. Including the whitewash against Sri Lanka, the team went on to lose five T20 Internationals out of six with the other being a washed out game. Accordingly, Malik and Hafeez made a comeback to the side for the T20I series at home against Bangladesh and the duo performed well rightaway.
But the former Pakistan cricketer turned commentator Ramiz Raja didn’t seem too impressed with this move from the management. He felt that Pakistan Cricket should move on from the senior players now and give more opportunities to the youngsters without the fear of losing.
“T20 is a format for young guns and I don’t know why we have been insisting on selecting the tried and tested seniors in the recent times. We have many youngsters who can play very well in the limited overs formats and can cement their places in T20 & ODI teams and the must be given a fair chance to showcase their talent,” he said in an interview to Dawn.
PCB and Misbah should focus on future, says Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja also felt that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should direct Misbah-ul-Haq to build teams for the future across all the formats. He also went on to say that there is no point in playing safe every time and giving fair chances to the budding cricketers in the only way forward for Pakistan cricket.
“I don’t know about PCB’s thinking about Misbah’s role, but I feel that instead of playing safe all the time for the fear of losing, both PCB and Misbah should focus on the future and chances must be given to youngsters in white ball cricket and that’s the only way we can build teams for the future,” the 57-year-old added.
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