Chance for youngsters to shine against Aus, England

Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 13:31 PM IST

Karachi: Chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan believes that Pakistan cricket has the depth in talent to do well in the Test series against Australia starting on Tuesday and also in the forthcoming full series against England.

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“This England tour and the series against Australia is a wonderful opportunity for the young players in the side to prove their mettle. It will be a great learning and grooming experience for them,” Mohsin said.

“I am pretty confident this team will fight hard against Australia and exhibit the same spirit they showed in winning the Twenty20 internationals against the Australians,” he added.

Mohsin said he also had high hopes from captain Shahid Afridi.

“It was heartening to see in the Twenty20 series the way Afridi led the side, he has matured as a captain and he has the ability to make the players fight hard.

“It is a good sign that after losing some close matches we finally broke this barrier in the Twenty20 series and two matches in a row, it augurs well for the Test series,” Mohsin added.

The chief selector said with a strong bowling attack, Pakistan will give a strong fight against Australia.

“Comparatively Australia are the stronger side as they are great professionals and very disciplined but I feel that our young side with their great fighting spirit and passion can do well and give the Australians a run for their money.

“We have a strong bowling attack so it is a good opportunity for us to break this streak of defeats against Australia in Test matches,” he said.

Mohsin himself was criticised for not selecting former captains Younus Khan and Muhammad Yousuf in the touring squad and for ignoring some other players like Faisal Iqbal and Muhammad Sami.

But he insisted the selectors didn`t consider the two former captains as they were not cleared by the board and secondly it was decided to give young players who were performing well in domestic cricket a chance to prove themselves at the top level.

“A tour to England can always be a great platform for youngsters to come good and establish themselves. In the past, Pakistan had found some of its best batsman on tours to England including Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad,” he said.