Pakistan has announced the team which will play in the upcoming India series; this has brought mixed reaction once again. It is good to give chance to new talent but there are some controversial decisions too. It seems that the selectors are not keeping the future in view as they claim that performance was not the only criteria for the selection of the team. The replacement of veteran Abdul Razzak is Asad Ali who had scored 537 in 96 first class innings. Although he has taken 326 wickets in 135 first class innings, but to call him a good all-rounder is not fair.

The selectors say that they are giving chance to new blood, but surprisingly a new player Zulfiqar Babar is already 34 years old. Players like Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan and Imran Farhat should have been dropped if their performance is any yardstick for the selectors. Why have we not produced any genuine all rounder’s like Imran Khan or Wasim Akram since decades? And lastly why can’t we find anyone other than Kamran Akmal behind the wickets? His habitual misfielding has cost us a lot of matches in past.


Fateh Jang, December 11.