Islamabad - Former chief selector and head coach Mohsin Hasan Khan termed Pakistan cricket team’s performance against the West Indies team as ordinary and questionable especially in the third Test.

Talking to The Nation Friday, Mohsin said: “It was golden opportunity for the selectors to form a balanced combination for the highly tough series against New Zealand and Australia, in which the selectors and team management flopped miserably. The West Indies were not half to what they could have been in the presence of their five key players, which had differences with West Indian Cricket Board. The PCB and management must have cashed on their absence, but they failed to do so.”

He criticised the utilisation of highly-gifted Azhar Ali at opening position, who was at his best at number 3 or 4. “Azhar had previously not scored enough runs as an opener, as his past 11 innings is a proof, so he must play at number 3 or 4.”

Mohsin said the PCB had destroyed careers of a number of talented players in the past and they were continuing with their self-styled polices unabated. “Instead of wasting Ahmed Shahzad, who is the best choice as an opener, the PCB must give him chance and confidence to help the team in scoring crucial wins. The board has also been wasting the talents likes Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood.”

He said the PCB had completely ignored one simple fact that Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan were at the twilight of their careers and they could retire any moment. “Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali are genuine replacements of these greats, but they are being mishandled by the management, which is changing their positions to dismantle them. They had scored loads of runs while batting at their usual positions at number 4 and 6, so they must allow playing at their same places.”

Mohsin said the team management failed to groom even a single opener despite the fact that they had three ODIs, as many T20 internationals and 3 Test matches. “Sharjeel is a highly talented opening batsman, but he had yet to prove and cement his place in international cricket. If the board has included him in the squad, he must be given ample chances to prove his selection right.”

“Khalid Latif and Babar Azam are also the victim of PCB’s negligence, and are being wasted by the board. Same is the case with Imad Wasim, who is a real trump card and can play a vital role in turning the tables of any match. Imad is a genuine all-rounder and best suits to all the three formats of the game, so, in my opinion, he must be inducted in the Test squad,” he said and added: “Sami Alsam is a highly gifted batsman, so in my onion, the coach and captain must give him full confidence.”

Mohsin also criticised Grant Flower, who was enjoying so much liberty with the national team , despite being a super flop, as he couldn’t help a single batsman improve his technique. “Now after several years with the green caps, Grant Flower’s performance is a big question mark, but the PCB is keeping him and paying millions of rupees. Same is the case with fielding coach, who also failed in improve the national team fielding. The way simple catches were dropped during the third Test is more than enough to open the eyes of the PCB.”

He said Pakistani players were naturally gifted and whatever they had achieved was just because of their talent, not because of so-called coaches. But the issue is that whenever they are tested, they are flattened, just like they did in the third Test.

When asked about Azhar Mahmood’s appointment as bowling coach, Mohsin replied: “The PCB is following the policy of self praise and roping in only those people, who are yes-man and follow the board’s directions blindly. There is absolutely no justification in hiring Azhar Mahmood, who was a super flop in the past, but people, who enjoy cordial relations with the PCB, always manage to earn one or another role.”