Pak`s World Twenty20 selection was made in haste: Mohsin Khan

Karachi: Former coach and chief selector Mohsin Khan has said Pakistan`s selection for the World Twenty20 was made in haste given the number of "flaws" in the squad.

"The selectors made a hasty selection for the major event," The Express Tribune quoted Mohsin, who was referring to the squad announcement deadline which is August 18.

"The team was announced just to facilitate the coach (Dav Whatmore) who had to leave for holidays. This shows the selection was a one-man show. The feedback from the coach and captain is important but selectors should have the ultimate say," he added.

Mohsin termed the snub handed out to left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan and the exclusions of opener Ahmed Shehzad and spinner Abdur Rehman as disappointing.

"It is very sad to see Junaid`s snub as he was the only fast-bowler who did well in Sri Lanka. He could have been a good addition as we are struggling in the fast-bowling department. Raza Hasan has just played one One-Day International and his selection over the experienced Rehman is shocking. The decision to overlook Ahmed Shahzad over Imran Nazir is also not understandable," he added.

Mohsin said the selectors downplayed the importance of domestic cricket while selecting players on the basis of their show in foreign leagues and the English counties.

"Selectors have sent a bad message to domestic cricketers by selecting people like Yasir Arafat and Nazir on the basis of their show elsewhere," he said.

Former coach and chief selector Mohsin Khan has also said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should have organised a short event to judge the players' match fitness before the announcement of the World Twenty20 squad.

"These players are struggling with their fitness. The selectors had a lot of time and the PCB should have arranged a short event and judged the players match fitness," The Express Tribune quoted Mohsin, as saying.

Mohsin stressed that the fitness tests of Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul were needed before the squad's announcement.


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