Youngsters' performance darkens Yousuf, Younus prospects
RE The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to dump the senior players and rely on the fresh blood for the series against England, it was learnt on Monday.
Pakistans defeat against Australia in the first Test had put the PCB in a fix especially after the resignation of Shahid Afridi. But proper handling of the team by Salman Butt and the performance of the young guns of Pakistan have convinced the PCB to go ahead with the youngsters in the England series that is starting from Thursday July 29.
Chairman PCB Ijaz Butt has indicated that after the performance of the youngsters there was no need of seniors in the team. The team management and the board are satisfied with the performance of the players against Australia, he said.
With this statement of Ijaz Butt, the return of the veterans Muhammad Yousuf and Younus Khan has become bleak.
While talking to private TV channel, Ijaz Butt said: Look these youngsters have justified their selection and performed well against the best team under pressure. The performance of young players has given us the confidence to try out more young players in the future to build a strong combination before the World Cup next year. I believe this historic win (over Australia) will not only give confidence to the players but to the whole nation. I am pretty optimistic that the team would carry this confidence in the series against England.
Umar Amin and Azhar Ali had made their Test debut against Australia at Lords and both showed promised and maturity with their batting.
Chairman of selection committee Mohsin Khan also wants to continue with the youngsters. As far as Yousuf is concerned he announced retirement and if he wants to play, then the PCB has to take a decision on him. The board has to give clearance on selection of Yousuf and Younus, he said.