LAHORE  -   Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq Thursday said that the rare feat of spinner Yasir Shah has made the entire country proud.

Talking to the reporters here at the LCCA ground after prize distribution ceremony of a local cricket tournament, Inzamam said: “Yasir has taken himself and Pakistan into cricket history books by achieving an unprecedented record of becoming the fastest bowler to take 200 wickets, which was set 82 years ago and he will be long remembered for accomplishing such a rare goal. We are considering to select Yasir in one-day team as he has performed outstandingly in the longest version of cricket.”

Inzamam expressed his satisfaction on the performance of the Pakistan team in the Test series against New Zealand and said players are working hard to justify their inclusion in the team. “Doctors had given rest to opener Fakhar Zaman and pace bowler Muhammad Abbas and both of them have now resumed cricket practice to get into full rhythm,” he said.

To a query, Inzamam said it is positive aspect that Pakistan team’s middle order is performing good as Usman Salahuddin and Abid Ali are doing good and they will be given further chance in future as well.

About Muhammad Hafeez, he said the veteran batsman has taken the decision to retire from Test cricket without any pressure from any quarter. He urged Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmad to perform further better as he can the potential to lift the level of his game. “His performance of good but there is still a room to improve,” he asserted.

He rejected questioner that players are selected on the basis of provinces or a specific region. “We select players based on their performance, setting aside Lahore or Karachi factor, and selections in the national teams are being made purely on merit keeping in view on the future of the country in cricket,” said Inzamam.

He said pacer M Amir is a quality player who is now performing to a good level after overcoming a bad patch. To a question, he said there is no restriction from Pakistan cricket board to include batsman Salman Butt in the team. “Whenever need will arise, we will consider him,” he added.

He called upon the club cricket organisers to strengthen club cricket by holding regular club tournaments and matches to expose the young cricketers to competitive and quality cricket.