Test squad has been chosen to please individuals, says former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq

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Former cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. Photo: File/PCB

Former Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Sunday stated that the choice of the Test squad for the two-match collection towards South Africa  is dissatisfactory, including that “it seems as if the team has been selected to please people.”

Speaking by way of his YouTube channel, the 50-year-old batsman additionally stated that the staff was chosen with “no vision at all,” Geo.television    reported.

“Selection is the name of vision for the next two years. Your vision defines your selection, “he said. “In the team announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), [the] selection committee headed by Mohammad Wasim showed no vision at all.”

The former batsman added that this staff lacks the flexibility to win matches.

“No one can say that this team can beat any good side. You can prepare big turners against South Africa to win matches but you can’t groom players for future series and that is the most depressing part of this selection,” he stated.

Pakistan cricket chief selector Mohammad Wasim on Friday introduced a 20-member squad for home collection towards South Africa with 9 uncapped gamers within the listing.

While many appreciated the selector for giving the home performers an opportunity, Inzamam had considerations about a few of them.

“Can anyone tell me Tabish Khan who is a pacer and is over 36 would go on to improve from here? Even a batsman reaching this age can’t be selected for the very first time for a Test side,” he stated.

“Haris Rauf is another example. He has played three first-class matches only taking just seven wickets and you have named him in the Test squad,” Inzamam added.

The former cricketer additionally criticised the choice of Abdullah Shafique, who has performed only one first-class match, saying he didn’t benefit a spot within the squad. “Sadly, this has become our selection criteria. On the basis of just one first-class match, we are making efforts to give Test cap to a player.”

Inzamam, nonetheless, appreciated the choice of Saud Shakeel and Sajid Khan saying “they are good performers and have age at their side.”