Pakistan’s newly-appointed chief selector, Haroon Rashid, has left the choice door open for the potential return of retired pacer Mohammad Amir and veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik.
While chatting with Cricket Pakistan in an unique interview, Rashid stated that Pakistan can discover the opportunity of recalling skilled gamers like Malik for an vital match.
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“You have to see which players can fit in your current combination. In fact, we also have to see if such player [Malik] can play any specific role in an important event, which can increase the possibility of Pakistan winning,” stated Rashid.
“However, if a young player performs the same role, it can be debatable.” “But I have kept my position open regarding this topic and have not formed a specific strategy. Once my selection panel is formed, we will come with a specific selection policy,” he added.
The 69-year-old reiterated PCB chairman Najam Sethi’s stance concerning the choice of Amir. “I really feel gamers ought to take selections after cautious consideration.
Your single assertion may cause controversy,” he stated. “In my opinion, players should focus on their cricket. There are a lot of players and every player considers themselves worthy of selection in playing XI, but it all depends on which players are suitable in certain conditions.”
“In Amir’s case, I am not sure about his status. I have heard he is thinking of taking his retirement back. It is good that he is playing. If he continues to perform, he will be in contention for selection like other players,” he concluded.
Last week, throughout a press convention, Sethi had stated that he won’t cease Amir if the previous cricketer needed to return to worldwide cricket.
“Mohammad Amir can play international cricket for Pakistan if he takes his retirement back,” stated Sethi.
“I always took a strong stance against match-fixing. I believe no convicted player should be spared, but at the same time, a player should be allowed to resume international cricket once he has completed his years of penalty,” he maintained.