In the recently concluded Faysal Bank Twenty20 Cup Abbotabad Falcons captain and Pakistan’s batsman Younis Khan was awarded as the ‘Best Batsman’ for his 201 runs. It is obvious that Younis Khan is in full form and was the best batsmen in the tournament. However, the Mardan born right-handed batsman was not selected in the team for ICC World T20 2014 which will be held in Bangladesh from March 16.

Shoaib Malik has been selected for reasons best know to the selectors. The 32-year-old Shoaib last scored 50 plus score in ODIs in 2009 against India at Centurion.

Shoaib Malik scored 65 for Sialkot Stallions against Hyderabad Hawks and an unbeaten 49 against Islamabad Leopards. In comparison to Shoaib Malik’s record Younis Khan should have been selected in the upcoming T20 but it seems as if our selectors have chosen to take a big risk instead of a safer, more reliable option.

MUBASHIR MAHMOOD,

Karachi, February 18.