Lahore - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Haroon Rasheed has warned that any player who does not perform for the team will not be selected.

Haroon made it clear that Pakistani selectors were seriously thinking about the post World T20 scenario and if the team didn’t do well in both events some wholesome changes would be on the cards. If a player or even a captain does not perform in the team, then automatically he will not be selected. This happens in every cricketing country,” he said.

Haroon said he wouldn’t rule out Pakistan despite the loss to India. “We have a good strong side and our bowling is our strength. I spoke to the players and I have tried my best to encourage them and raise their morale.”

“I told them they have the capability of winning their remaining matches in the Asia Cup and setting up another encounter with India in the final where they can make amends for the defeat in the group match,” he said and added: “The prospect of playing India again in the Asia Cup should spur our players on to improve their performances in the tournament.”

He said the players were disappointed and downcast after the manner in which they lost a low scoring match to India. “But they realize they batted very poorly and they need to play according to the conditions.”

The chief selector , also a former Test player, said the selectors had picked the best possible squad for the Asia Cup and World T20 that will follow in India. “I think M Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi as the senior most players in the side need to lead by example and they must perform and the rest of the players will then also chip in.”

Responding to a question regarding T20 captain Shahid Afridi, who once again taken a u-turn from his retirement decision, Haroon said it was totally a player’s prerogative to retire from the game. “We cannot force anyone to retire,” he said. The former right-handed batsman also went on to say that PCB couldn’t frame rules for players to give in writing about their retirement plans, so they could not retrieve from their earlier statements.

Haroon also refused all rumors about Sarfraz Ahmed taking over the ODI captaincy from Azhar Ali. Earlier, there were reports that the PCB was likely to appoint Sarfraz as the ODI captain after his performance in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL). Azhar led Lahore Qalandars in the league, which was the only team to not qualify for the play-offs, while Sarfraz headed Quetta Gladiators, which ended up as the tournament’s runner-up.

The reports also claimed that after T20 skipper Shahid Afridi’s retirement, Sarfraz would also lead the green-shirts in the shortest format of the game.

Haroon contradicted the report by saying, “These reports are totally baseless and does not have any weight in it.” He added that Ahmed Shahzad was not selected due to his poor form, but he would be selected in future if he performed well in domestic cricket.