Pakistan cricket chief selector says team is `in transition`
Islamabad: Pakistan`s chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said that the national team is in a process of transition, adding that what is perceived as an inconsistent selection policy is actually a `tactical move` to test young talent.
Stating that the team is still undergoing a rebuilding process, Qasim said that selectors are looking at grooming cricketers to help the side overcome a transitional phase.
Admitting that cricket in Pakistan is facing a crisis, Qasim said that Pakistan does not have a quality pool of reserve players, adding that most of the spots within the playing XI are not fixed and players are not doing enough to retain their place.
According to Qasim, although the selectors are giving more opportunities to the players, it is necessary for them to raise the standard of their game and grab their chances, adding that the team needs players who can fill in for the best players at every slot.
Qasim further said that a transition phase may happen with any team, adding that handling a transition phase was difficult for all teams in cricket, irrespective of their past performances.
Ruing a discouraging situation in domestic cricket, Qasim defended the selection policy, saying that selectors have to try different combinations until they find the best prospects for the team.
Insisting on stability in a player`s performance, Qasim lamented the lack of consistency in the current batch of players, adding that the players are only harming themselves in the process by their consistent poor performances.
However, Qasim drew encouragement from the fact that Pakistan has a history of producing world-class players who ruled the world, saying that he hoped that the team will again have a greater depth of quality players.