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No tension among national selectors, claims Jaffer

Karachi: Pakistan`s national selector Salim Jaffer has dismissed the reports of tension between the panel members and chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan over finalization of the national squad for the England tour.

"There is no problem among the selectors or with the chief selector," Jaffer said.

The former pacer, who has now been a national selector for last two years, said that they had no reservation over the squad picked for the England tour.

"We are not upset with Mohsin Khan over the selection matters, he has explained things to us and now we are satisfied," Jaffer said.

However, media reports and sources in Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed that the selectors Jaffer, Muhammad Illyas and Azhar Khan were not happy that Mohsin didn`t consult them while going to Sri Lanka and announcing the squad after meeting the Pakistan team management.

But Jaffer said the media reports were exaggerated and there was no truth that the selectors would meet with the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt when he returns home from abroad to discuss the matter.

"No, we are not meeting with Butt," he said.

But well placed sources said that Jaffer had raised objection to the squad announced for the England tour and had been placated by Mohsin.

"Jaffer and Illyas were the most upset and they are still planning to meet with Butt on July 5. The two selectors were told to remain calm and not air their views in the media until Butt returns from abroad," a source said.

Selection of the squad for the England tour has become a contentious issue with the Board also issuing explanation letters to former captain and DG (Cricket) Javed Miandad and his nephew Faisal Iqbal for giving statements against the selectors and the PCB after the latter was not picked in the touring squad.

The Karachi City Cricket Association has also written a letter to the Board protesting the fact that merit was ignored in selecting the squad that does not include former captain Younis Khan despite his availability after the lifting of the ban on him.

"We have protested and asked the Board to explain how the selectors could ignore deserving players from Karachi including Faisal, Khurrum Manzoor, Khalid Latif, Sarfraz Ahmed and Muhammad Sami," KCCA president Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari said.

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