LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said that the ongoing National Twenty20 Tournament will help in selecting Pakistan team for the tour of India.

Talking to the reporters here on Tuesday, Qasim said: “National Twenty Tournament has great importance and it will serve us as an effective medium to finalise our team for the India tour n which we will be playing two T20s and 3 ODIs.”

He said those, the best performers of the event would be considered for selection and the national selectors were watching the performance of players to come up with recommendations for selection. Iqbal Qasim said the selectors were keeping in mind the future of Pakistan and upcoming tour of South Africa early next year. “We are in process of building Pakistan and we will give ample chances to every deserving player and are taking into consideration the performance of players for every format of the game,” said Iqbal Qasim.

To a query, he said that veteran batman M Yousaf played only one match of the tournament and did not play the coming games. Those who were not playing in the event will not be considered for selection. “Yousaf has earlier said that he is not interested to play Twenty20 or One-day games rather he just wants to concentrate on playing Test cricket,” he added.

To another query, he replied: “All-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who is representing Lahore Lions, missed a match of the tournament due to sour toe and it is hoped that he would be available for Lahore’s next game today (Wednesday).”

He said the selection committee was considering the option of sending one team to India to play the Twenty20 and one-day matches but it had not yet been finalised. “We will be finalising the team after the completion of the Twenty20 Tournament and then we will send our recommendations for the team selection to PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf for the his approval,” he concluded.