By: Hafiz Imran
Lahore: Former skipper Salman Butt has said that Pakistan cricket team isn’t selected on merit and performance rather it is based on likes and dislikes, which is the main reason behind its inconsistent performances and also destroying the game in the country.
“The players, who have been performing well and giving consistent performances every year, are neglected and preferred over those, who are their blue-eyed or influential ones. Without the best domestic performers like Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal, can anyone say it a complete and well-balanced side? Usman Saladuddin has scored nine thousand runs in domestic cricket, how can he be out of Pakistan’s Test team,” Butt questioned.
“The selection of Azam Khan is a big question on fitness standard. Does Azam fulfill all the requirements that a fully fit player needs to have. He has been preferred to many deserving players, who must be in the national squad for their consistent performances in domestic cricket and they can do much better for the national side than Azam,” the former captain said.
“If Naseem Shah was fit, why he didn’t play for the national team in the recent series. Where did he play cricket, which helped the selectors to judge his fitness and term him fit to play for the national side. There is still question mark on his fitness, and if he isn’t fully fit, he couldn’t deliver for the team and country. Same is the case with Haris Sohail and Yasir Shah, who need to be fully fit to deliver for the team,” he said.
“Babar Azam says that he makes decisions himself. But still the system of dropping and including the players on the basis of liking and disliking weakens the position of Babar as a captain. There is a dire need to end the culture of nepotism, which deprives many deserving players of their due rights instead the players must be picked up solely on merit and on their performances in domestic cricket, as it will help in strengthening the captain as well as the national side,” Butt concluded.