ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan cricket team skipper Zaheer Abbas, who is also known as Asian Bradman and runs scoring machine, questioned Pakistan cricket team’s selection for the upcoming home series against South Africa at the neutral venues of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Talking to The Nation on Wednesday, Zaher said: “It is very hard to understand the logic behind delaying the names of three players and what is the purpose behind naming two left arm spinners in the squad. It is our home series, first of all I have strong doubts that two left arm spinners will be included in the playing XI, as we have already world's best off spinner in shape of Saeed Ajmal in our ranks, so it is quite clear that Saeed will be very much part of the playing XI in all the three formats of the game without a shadow of doubt. The selectors have also announced three pacers in the Test team and logic behind it is too tough to understand.”

Zaheer said by delaying the announcement of three players, the PCB had put extra pressure on the youngsters, who were already playing under immense pressure. “Now the youngsters have been feeling extra pressure, as they are fully aware of the fact that their inclusion in the playing XI is already highly unlikely, and if somehow they manage to sneak into the playing XI, they know a replacement is already behind them. Anything, less than extraordinary performance, can spell disaster for them and they have to wait for years and years to get one more opportunity like that,” he added.

Zaheer said South Africa was the No 1 ranked ICC Test playing side in the world. “The selectors should have picked a very strong and balanced side. An all-rounder in the team is the dire need of the hour as all the top nations always give special attention to include one or two all-rounders in the squad. By picking an all-rounder, Pakistan can cover all three areas batting, bowling and fielding and everyone knows batting is the main area of concern, which needs to be addressed and that too on top priority basis, but I must admit that by looking at the current squad, this area is not addressed at all. At least one or two all-rounders must be in the squad which may provide much-needed depth in the batting and bowling as well,” the Asian Bradman stated.

Zaheer said at least three opening batsmen should have been named as Pakistan team was struggling since long in the opening department. “So far only one opener Khurrum Manzoor is in the squad and he is highly inexperienced and has no such experience of playing against the world No 1 ranked team’s bowling attack, so the green shirts look very likely to struggle in the opening department.”  Pakistan middle order is the only area, which looks more than solid in the presence of rock solid Younus Khan and skipper Misbahul Haq. “The inclusion of young Umer Amin will definitely help strengthen the middle order and he is more than capable of batting at the top order as well. Asad Shaifque is a genuine batsman and tail-made for longer version of the game, but he is out of form and should have worked in the NCA to get back in to form,” Zaheer concluded.