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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Malik and Kamran Less Likely To Make Into World Cup

 Mohsin Khan, the chief selector Pakistan cricket board, has said in a statement that players like Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal were less likely to be considered for the World Cup squad. Mohsin went on claiming that there was enough talent in the team to perform well in the biggest sporting event of the world cricket.
While talking to the reporters, the chief selector said, “No player is irreplaceable and life goes on and similar is the case with Pakistan cricket. Even if we lose some of our leading players it would be a setback but not something that would mean we cannot do well in our coming series and tournaments.”
Mohsin was of the view that he was not in a position to announce the final team without having clearance from the PCB. He claimed that every selection for every tour or series had been made after the approval of the board, and no one was in a position to include or exclude any player at its own.
According to the reports, besides the suspended trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif, and Muhammad Aamir, who has been waiting for a final hearing which will determine the players’ futures, Pakistan could step into the world cup matches while missing other senior players as well, which had not been given clearance by the ICC and PCB.
In order to make their status clear, both Danish Kaneria and Kamran Akmal had met the PCB officials last week, the primary motive behind the meeting was to know the reasons amid which they were not being given a chance to play for the country. after the meeting, when reporters asked about the reasons which had been keeping both of the players from playing for the national team, Kaneria said that the chairman had shared with them the real reasons, but they could not talk about them at the that time.
The national selectors are going to announce the preliminary squad for the world cup on Tuesday after the final consultation with Ejaz Butt, the chairman of the board.
Hinting about the criteria the board had given to the selectors for finalizing the selection, Mohsin said that they were not to make any compromises upon fitness and discipline. “We will not pick unfit players in the team. Players have to be passed by the medical panel to be in the team” Concluded the chief selector.
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