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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rashid Latif slams tour selection committee for ignoring Asad

Former Pakistan Captain Rashid Latif expressed his astonishment for dropping talented batsman Asad Shafiq from the team in the opening One-day International against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo. “This is pure injustice to drop Asad Shafiq, who had been performing consistently for last one year,” he told APP in an interview while recording his reaction on the injustice meted out to some players.
“What are criteria of selecting Shoaib Malik in place of Asad.
This is injustice with a quick emerging player,” he commented.
Misbah-ul-Haq’s Pakistan team survived a scare before cruising to a thrilling 5-run victory.
Misbah and Younis Khan scored superb half centuries and pacer Aizaz Cheema snapped three wickets to lead Pakistan to nail-biting win.
Shoaib Malik, who was making a comeback after nearly a year went after making two.
“Every player making a comeback needed some time before given an opportunity.
He credited Brenden Taylor’s Zimbabwean team for putting a great show on the first day.
“The way Zimbabwe played they will be offering Pakistan a stiff challenge in coming matches,” he predicted.
He expressed the hope that another talented batsman Rameez Raja, who rose to fame from T20 Cup in Faisalabad in July must be treated well and should get a place in Pakistan T20 squad.
Rashid Latif said selection committee headed by Mohsin Khan has been very inconsistent especially against Karachi players.
Giving the example, he said paceman Muhammad Sami is the fastest bowler in Pakistan and deserved a place in one-day squad.
He said selection committee had been very harsh on opener Khurram Manzoor, pace bowler Tanvir Ahmed, Khalid Latif and Sarfraz Ahmed.
Former skipper praised left handed opener Nasir Jamshed, who he said has improved and deserved a place in the national team.
He expressed the hope that selection committee will rectify its mistakes in the series against Sri Lanka and England.
“Injustice by selection committee will be very harmful in the long run,” he said.
He said like the players, great injustice was also done with KCCA Secretary Prof. Ejaz Faruqi for raising the voice for the right of Karachi players by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“Prof. Faruqi is a respected gentleman and has been great supporter and promotor of Karachi cricketer,” he maintained.
“Action against Prof. Faruqi by PCB has tarnished the image of the PCB, he added.
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