Senior players Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal were ignored while fast bowler Sohail Khan made a comeback after nearly three years in wilderness in Pakistan's 15-member squad for the ODI cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starting February 14.
Out-of-favour Pakistan cricketers Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik minced no words in making it clear that they are not happy with the treatment meted out to them in recent times and said that the selectors and PCB need to have better communication with the senior players.
Pakistan`s new cricket chief selector Rashid Latif has said that relying on senior players backfired following the team`s batting collapse against the West Indies, which saw Pakistan crash out from the World Twenty20 tournament.
Former Pakistani captain Rameez Raja has blamed the lack of a `sound batting cupboard` and nerves for Pakistan`s poor World Twenty20 display against West Indies, which saw them out of the tournament without qualifying for the semi-finals.
Pakistani fast bowling great and former coach Waqar Younis has advised Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez to utilise the services of young batsman Umar Akmal up the order, saying that Akmal is in his `zone` at the moment.
Pakistan may have been humbled in their World Twenty20 opener against India but former captain Javed Miandad is confident that Mohammed Hafeez`s men will stay alive to make the final where he expects them to face off against the arch-rivals once again.
Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez made the difference with stroke-filled half-centuries to guide Pakistan to a nervy six-wicket win that came in the penultimate ball over New Zealand in their first ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Monday.