Islamabad: Pakistan Cricket Board officials are unsure about including Misbah-ul-Haq in the squad for the Twenty20 World Cup.
The PCB’s indecisiveness over selection of the 30-man preliminary squad is believed to be affecting morale of the cricketers.
PCB chief, Zaka Ashraf has, however, played down the selection dilemma, saying that the board will stick to its policy on the matter.
According to an official close to the team, Mohammad Hafeez is striving to get his ‘friend’ back into the team.
“Misbah has been desperate to make a T20 comeback since the day he was dropped. Both players have convinced the team management, including coach Dav Whatmore,” a daily quoted the official, as saying
“Neither the selection committee, nor the PCB chairman, is keen to recall Misbah. The reason is clear — they want to move forward rather than going back,” the official added.
While a report has suggested that Misbah has already booked his place following a request by Whatmore, a selector said the decision is still pending.
“We haven’t finalised the list yet,” the selector said.
“The selection committee cannot confirm the selection of Misbah or any other player in the preliminary squad as we are still working on finalising the list. Hafeez is likely to be retained as captain,” the selector added.
“But the delay is creating problems since other senior cricketers also have captaincy in mind. Recently Shahid Afridi has also shown his availability as captain,” the selector said.