Pakistan cricket has seen a lot of ups and downs over the past few years. While international cricket returned to the country, huge doubts still remain over the selection procedure of the national team. According to a report in The Nation, Pakistan cricket will find it difficult to compete against the best teams in the world, if the selectors continue to neglect talented in-form youngsters and select only their favourite blue-eyed players.
The report targets Inzamam-ul-Haq and Micky Arthur for spoiling the careers of players like Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal, who have done exceedingly well in the domestic circuit and have scored runs at a phenomenal rate but still find themselves out of the contention for the national team.
The writer of the report Mohsin Ali, targetted the PCB for sabotaging the career of many youngsters. He targeted the board for not selecting the team according to the conditions but rather on personal connections with certain players, who have been average at the best.
According to the report, Mohammed Amir continues selection in the national team is truly shocking given that he has performed nowhere near the level he had in 2010. Mohsin believes that rather than Amir, the Pakistan cricket team would do better with an experienced player like Mohammed Asif.
Unlike Amir, who is known to take wickets at the fag end of an innings, Asif usually gets the team those early breakthroughs which are crucial for winning a match. However, the 35-year-old has been not in the good books of PCB and chief selector, hence he continues to miss out, while young bowlers with 0 experience of bowling in foreign conditions get an opportunity ahead of him.
Opener Salman Butt has been experiencing the same problem with the board. The 33-year-old has been in terrific form recently, helping his department Wapda to win titles. However, the PCB has continues to overlook him, even though there is a desperate need in the team for an experienced opener, who can not only score runs but can also manage a prolonged stay at the crease.
It has been some time since the Pakistan cricket board has functioned without double standards and favouritism. Therefore it is very important that PCB chairman Najam Sethi intervenes and sorts out the case of Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Mohammed Asif.