Basit Ali slams selectors’ decision to drop veteran Younis Khan for Oz series

Islamabad: Former Pakistan batsman Basit Ali has slammed the national selection committee’s decision to drop veteran Younis Khan for their upcoming limited over series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The national selection committee recently announced Pakistan’s 16-member squad for the three-match ODI series against Australia.

The most notable changes in the squad include the exclusion of experienced batsman Younis Khan and spearhead fast bowler, Umar Gul and the return of all rounder Shoaib Malik and wicket keeper Kamran Akmal.

“In my view, it is an unintelligent decision, as you’ve dropped your key player just because of his recent performance against Sri Lanka,” quoted Ali, as saying.

“The sad part is that the chief selector, Iqbal Qasim, is himself a former cricketer, and he has seen that Younis Khan was given out wrongly four times in the series. Yet, Younis has been dropped,” he added.

Whilst Younis Khan remains one of Pakistan’s crucial players in Test cricket, he has been found struggling in the 50-over version of the game in the last few years. He finished as Pakistan’s best ODI batsman in 2008, but his form has regressed since then.

Since January 2009, he has scored 1,546 runs in 63 innings at an average of 26.20 and following his below par performance in the last ODI series against Sri Lanka, the selectors opted to “rest” the veteran batsman for the upcoming series against Australia.

However, Ali stated that the 34-year old batsman will be “sorely missed during the Australian series” and that he is certainly capable of making a comeback to the one-day format.


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