Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistani bowler, has slammed the selection ahead of England test series and says the management shall have chosen the best playing XI to get dominance over hosts.
He says, out of twenty, twenty-two are seamers and he does not know at which mindset PCB will commence ahead. In a conversation with GEOSuper, the veteran said he does not have any idea what is going on.
He further maintained if the side lose, they shall be read for heavy criticism.
Shoaib Akhtar slams the selection of the management against England
“That we don’t know. They have announced a 20-member squad. In those twenty, there are around 22 fast bowlers. Let us see whom they select. Depends on the captain and the management, with which mindset they go in,” said Akhtar in a show on Geo Cricket.
“What they want and how the pitch is? How management sees the whole scenario. Zero ideas about what they are going to do. When the team list comes, you will come to know the exact mindset they are going in with. So far as we know right now, nothing,” he added.
“If you lose the Test match because of a wrong selection, then there will be strong criticism. If 40 players have gone and from there also you don’t get a proper Test squad, then what can you do. I feel sorry for the management but they should pick their best XI.”
Pakistan have picked eight seam bowlers in the 20-member squad: Faheem Ashraf, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz.
PCB shortlists twenty players ahead of England series
Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam ul Haq, Imran Khan Snr, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah.
It is to be noticed that nine players have been sidelined. Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Haider Ali, Iftekhar Ahmed, Khudshil Shah, Fakhar Zaman, and Musa Khan will keep on practicing for having their luck in the T20I series.