ISLAMABAD - Former Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz Monday said it was the ideal time for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors to build a formidable squad comprising youngsters for the World Cup 2015.
Talking to APP, Sarfraz said the PCB should have named and groomed a new young captain for the Zimbabwe tour as to prepare for the World Cup. “The board should start preparing for the 2015 mega event with new young faces and a new young captain. If we don’t groom a new captain then how will we get a new one in future,” he added.
Sarfraz said the Indian cricket board had rested captain MS Dhoni in their series against Zimbabwe and picked a squad comprising of new faces led by Virat Kohli. The PCB should have done the same and it was time the selectors start thinking about who was going to be playing at the World Cup.
“Bringing Younus Khan, Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat in the Test squad was not a good decision. Picking, dropping and bringing in players back is not going to work. Pakistan needs to have a settled squad going into the World Cup rather than going into the tournament with experimental players. The PCB should now show confidence in the youngsters,” he stated.
He said the decision to drop Taufeeq Umar was from the Test squad was surprising for him. “The problem is that the selectors make adjustments in the squad without planning ahead. On what basis the selectors have selected Wahab Raiz in the Test squad,” he questioned.
Sarfraz said Umar Amin was a very talented cricketer and should be given a given a proper chance.
Pakistan will play two Twenty20, three ODI and two Test matches against Zimbabwe starting with a T20 from August 23.