Former Pakistan veteran batsman Inzamamul Haq expressed his disappointment over the World T20 squad picked by the selectors on Monday.
“I don’t think Pakistan can do very well in the World T20, if they field the same squad they played in Asia Cup,” said Inzamam. “This Pakistan side lacks quality batsmen. Had there been any, they would have presented a good fight against India or Bangladesh.”
Inzamam felt that in case of an injury, Pakistan will face a difficult task to fill in the vacant space with an equally potent replacement.
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“Injury may be a major threat for Pakistan because unlike India they don’t really have any strong back-up in the pipelines.”
Conversely, chief selector Haroon Rashid had earlier backed the bunch to do well in India and said only one slot needed to be filled despite the team’s collectively poor showing in the Asia Cup.
“I still believe we’ve got a good bunch that will do well in the World T20,” Haroon told The Express Tribune. “We’ve got talented players in the team but it is about doing well in all aspects of the game — batting, bowling and fielding.”
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The chief selector believes they have chosen the cream of the crop and the onus is now on the players to deliver. “These are Pakistan’s best players and they must take responsibility,” he said. “We made only one change; and that too because Manzoor just couldn’t perform while Shahzad was impressive in the Pakistan Super League.”
Moreover, Haroon added: “Obviously this team can do well. All they need is self-belief. I believe in this unit and the players must back their ability too. There is no reason why Pakistan can’t put up a good display.”
Inzamamul Haq was quoted by BDcricteam.com