RAWALPINDI - Test discarded Yasir Hameed termed Pakistan cricket team’s whitewash at the hands of Bangladesh in the three-match one-day series as highly unfortunate and hard to absolve.

In an interview with The Nation, Yasir, who holds the unique record of scoring tons in both innings of his career’s first Test, said: “It is my personal observation that present lot of high talent is being wasted by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The youngsters must be given more chances to excel, but all of a sudden dropping all the senior players was the main reason behind green caps’ humiliation at the hands of Bangali Tigers.

“If we closely look at all the top Test playing nations, we will observe, all the leading teams kept juniors with seniors and slowly and steadily replaced them after proper grooming, but the situation in Pakistan is completely different, as juniors were rushed in and they vanished as quickly as they appeared on world cricket just because of mishandling,” he added.

Yasir said he had played loads of domestic cricket with scoring a lot of runs, but he had been ignored since long. “If I was picked for the Bangladesh series, I could have resolved not only opening issue, but could also strengthen middle order. Pakistan team has been badly struggling due to inconsistent opening partnerships while middle order also failed to click since long. The selectors should have picked a blend of youth and experience, which could produce desired results and green caps could have easily avoided that humiliation.”

“One thing which I failed to understand was that our batsmen completely ignored the basics of cricket. When one hits a boundary and wastes next four deliveries, it makes no sense, they must understand the strike rotation importance. If one rotates strike on regular basis, fielders start to commit mistakes and bowlers also forget line and length, but our batsmen lack that basis training throughout the ODI series. The credit also goes to Bangladeshi batsmen who played superb cricket and their bowlers especially spinners bowled with accuracy, which forced Pakistani batsmen commit mistakes. It also shows Bangladeshi cricket is taking giant strides, while Pakistani cricket is on its lowest ebb. The PCB think tank must take all the things into account and try to find out long-term solutions of all the problems. If Pakistan team fails to make impact against Bangladesh, then what will it do against the top sides of the world,” Yasir questioned.

He said Wahab and Rahat Ali bowled superbly in the World Cup. Junaid has just returned after injury and he would struggle before adjusting and start producing quality results.

When asked about Saeed Ajmal and M Hafeez bowling after change in their actions, Yasir replied: “It will be very hard for Saeed to take wickets and make same impact, which he feared for in the past. He had taken loads of wickets but with completely different bowling action. Now there is a huge difference in his action and I don't know whether he would prove same success in near future or not, but I feel he would take time to get use too with new life and same is the case with Hafeez. Pakistan bowling is not a sign of worry for the selectors, it is the batting, which is badly harming the team’s progress and main reason behind poor results.”

“I time and again offered my availability for the national team. I had scored five tons against Bangladesh, and there is still lot of cricket left in me. I don't agree with the argument about age factor, if one is super fit, proving himself in domestic and other leagues of the world,” he added.

When asked about rumors about his future ambitions and his intention to settle abroad, Yasir said: “If one does not get long overdue chance and respect and no one bothers to pay heed, then what should I do. I would be left with no other option but to leave Pakistan and settle abroad, but I will take this extreme step with a very heavy heart and purely on cricketing reasons. I always dreamt about representing my country and help it to earn crucial wins.”