It is a fact that on most occasions in the past Pakistan batting had let the team down rather than its bowling. Therefore, instead of selecting a battery of five fast bowlers, it would have been wiser that our batting was strengthened. Three fast bowlers combined with two world class spinners, viz Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, must be more than enough to cater for bowling in an effective manner. Further, selecting three openers is also not a wise decision, especially in view of the fact that Kamran Akmal can also open, if required. We should have selected three middle-order batsmen by dropping two fast bowlers and one opener.

In my personal opinion, the three middle-order batsmen/all-rounder should have been Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Maqsood. Dropping Shahid Afridi at the expense of fast bowler is a very strange decision of the selectors who, in my opinion, are not selecting the team on merit and performances but on other factors best known to them. Can Iqbal Qasim and fellow selectors justify the reasons for choosing a most unbalanced team for the prestigious Champions’ Trophy?


Karachi, May 15.