ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is giving a ‘special’ treatment when it comes to dealing with one of the world's best all-rounders Sohail Tanveer.
The reasons of Tanveer’s rejection are best known to the PCB and its selection penal. In fact, he is a guy who easily manages to book his berth in almost all the counties of the world and it is quite interesting that he is not signed only for limited overs of the game, but also given contract for the four-dayers which is the proof of his outstanding abilities. He is not only admired by the outsiders but also by insiders. He is not only capable of bowling well but also can bat at any number which can help the green shirts to strengthen their batting. But the PCB has not even considered him at this time when the national team needs him the most. The board has not picked him for OIDs for the past one year which is a grave injustice to him.
No other player matches him but players like Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Ehsan Adil and others are not only managing themselves to get berth in the ODIs but also get the nod in their favours for the longer version of the game just because of their strong connections.
Tanveer has proved his fitness on a number of occasions as he has bowled 42 overs in the first innings against PIA in Quaid Trophy match and then improved his record in the second innings by bowling 47 overs against the same opponents at Mirpur Stadium which shows his abilities and proved him one of the bests and very beneficial for the national team.
Last time, Tanveer was picked up for the ODIs in August last year against Australia, since then despite giving exceptional performances at domestic as well as international level, he was never considered for 50 overs match. A player like Tanveer's caliber, who played only two Tests, but represented the country in 50 ODIs and 30 T20 internationals, is almost an automatic selection in most of the cricket playing nations but in Pakistan, the case is completely different as they have their own way of thinking. They are least bothered about the ground realities or players’ credentials and they just go with their self-styled policies.
It’s the main reason that Pakistan, despite having the world's best players, still can't manage to remove the tag of unpredictable which is very shameful for a team, which had almost won all the major trophies of the world and produced great legends.
The time is ripe when the cricket board should think beyond certain provinces and showering countless favours on their blue-eyed players. The only criteria of selection in the national squad must be performance and no under the table deal should be done. The players, who perform in domestic or county cricket, should be given a fair chance to showcase their skills which will indeed help the PCB and country to get rid of that unwanted tag of unpredictable.