ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz questioned Sohail Tanveer’s selection in the Twenty20 squad announced by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for Afghanistan and Sri Lanka matches set to start from December 8 at the neutral venues of UAE.
Talking to The Nation on Monday, Sarfaraz said: “Instead of keeping faith in ageing Sohail, the selectors should have given chance to M Talha, who has long been deprived of representing the national team. Talha is bowling at the consistent pace of around 150km and Pakistan team can utilize his express pace to scare the opponents and get wickets.”
“The PCB is responsible for M Irfan injury, despite being fully aware of the fact that due to his unusual height, he can’t bowl long spells even then he was forced to do so which resulted in injury. Pakistan has already suffering because of his absence and they will continue to suffer more against even the weak opponents like Afghanistan in the one-off T20 to be played on December 8 as Afghanistan team is on a high. They have played competitive cricket and Pakistan will not find it easy to beat them like they easily managed to do so in the past,” he added.
“Irfan is the asset for the country so if other cricket playing nation can adopt rotation policy which is helping a great deal to them and paying more than desired results as Shaun Tiat is an express fast bowler who bowls around 160km and Australians use him only in T20is so the same should be done by the PCB. Irfan should only be utilized in short spells, if they really want to prolong his career and want him to remain injury-free so the board has to adopt a clear-cut policy while dealing with Irfan,” he asserted.
Sarfaraz said resting Saeed Ajmal would certainly benefit him to recover from excessive stress and would also provide others an opportunity to fulfill the void and grab wickets for themselves and the country. “Exclusion of out-of-form Nasir Jamshed should have been done much earlier. Same was the case with ageing Abdul Rehman and the induction of Sharjeel Khan and Haris Sohail is a very positive step and the PCB should continue to encourage youngsters and give them maximum opportunities. The board has done the right thing by keeping faith in the abilities of Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali and this policy should continue, as the board’s boost up will pay great dividend to the players’ confidence and they will certainly pay back by giving match-winning performances.”
“The PCB has announced almost balanced squads and now it’s up to skipper M Hafeez how he utilizes his available options. Hafeez had committed a severe blunder in the last T20 against South Africa where he did not utilize his bowlers effectively so he must adopt more aggressive style to ensure desired results in the three T20 internationals,” Sarfraz concluded.