Mohsin keeps mum on outburst by Shahid Afridi
Karachi: Pakistan chief selector Mohsin Khan on Sunday refused to react on T20 skipper Shahid Afridi’s outburst against the selectors as they face exit from the Twenty20 World Cup.
Afridi had said that he and the coach were not consulted by the selectors while picking the squad.
Mohsin said he will speak on the issue only after the tournament is over.
“Let the tournament finish then I will speak in detail about the team’s performance and team selection,” Khan said.
Sources close to Mohsin said he was not happy with the remarks made by Afridi as he (Mohsin) had unofficially consulted Afridi while finalising the 15-member squad for the World Cup.
“At that time the Pakistan Board had not announced the captain or coach but Mohsin knew Afridi would be captain and had discussed the selection of the team with him so he is obviously surprised by the remarks made by Afridi,” one source said.
Pakistan’s poor performance has evoked sharp reactions in the country with former players saying all is not well with the team.
“I don’t know what has happened but the team has just not shown the commitment and flair. They are capable of doing and they have looked under pressure in this tournament,” former captain Rameez Raja said.
Former captain Moin Khan said the players appeared to play with the fear of defeat on their minds.
“I don’t know but the fearless approach of our players that we saw in the first two World Cups is missing, they seem to be subdued and not excited about doing well,” he said.
Another former captain Rashid Latif said maybe the recent punishments handed out to the players and the leakage of the inquiry committee’s report during the World Cup had put more pressure on the players.
“The team has lot of talent and capability they must just forget about everything and concentrate on their cricket. And the combination must be right for every match,” he said.