Series win: Waqar praises Inzamam for selecting youngsters

Published: April 3, 2017
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Shadab claimed the man-of-the-series award in his debut series for Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

Shadab claimed the man-of-the-series award in his debut series for Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan bowling legend Waqar Younis praised chief selector Inzamamul Haq on Monday after touring Pakistan beat West Indies 3-1 in the four-match T20I series.

Waqar, who resigned as Pakistan national team’s head coach after the 2016 World T20 debacle and was replaced by South African Mickey Arthur, said Inzamam picked young players for the series against Windies, a risk that no other person was willing to take.

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Pakistan included leg-spinner Shadab Khan (man-of-the-series for his 10 wickets in four outings), left-arm pacer Rumman Raees and many other youngsters in the limited-overs squad for the tour of West Indies and they did reap fruits for the T20I side led by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed.

Shadab was the key performer for the Men in Green with two man-of-the-match awards in the first two T20Is. Meanwhile, he also made worthwhile contributions in the third and fourth T20Is.

Waqar’s tweet read: “Delighted to see Inzamam doing the job which other selectors were reluctant to do — picking young players [like] Shadab, Hasan [Ali] ,Rumman #GreatJob #WIvPAK”

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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja also praised the young stars for their performances as they featured in the T20I series win against the Caribbean giants.

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He said in his tweet: “You know that the team is developing and has a future if all [of] its young recruits feature in a win — Shadab, Hasan, Babar [Azam],Rumman, Imad [Wasim]. Good job!”

Need more consistency in batting: Afridi

Former Pakistan veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who led the side in the last World T20 and has been skeptical of the talent coming through the ranks for the national side, praised team’s efforts but hoped for a better show in the batting department.

He tweeted: “Excellent series win, great captaincy Sarfraz, Ahmed [Shahzad] batted well today [in the last T20I], Shadab [is a] fantastic find for Pak[istan]. Hope to see more consistent batting.”

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Proud of you: Sethi

Pakistani youngster who helped the team in West Indies owe their national calls to the recently concluded second edition of the Pakistan Super League and the head of the tournament, Najam Sethi, said he was proud of the Sarfraz-led side.

His tweet read: “Well Done Sarfraz. Well Done Shadab. Well Done Team Pakistan! Proud of you guys!”

Moreover, legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar also congratulated Pakistan.

Pakistan now play a three-match ODI series against the hosts on February 7, 9 and 11 at the Providence. The series will end with three-match Test series.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Ahmed
    Apr 3, 2017 - 2:02PM

    Afridi tweeting we need more consistent batting!!!!! Recommend

  • Mohammed - - - Auckland
    Apr 3, 2017 - 4:22PM

    Any reason for not finding a place for the best bowler of PSL Shohil Khan in the team.
    The results would have been four nil InShaaAllah if he had been playing.
    He would surely have taken the WI most important wicket long long before getting anywhere near ninety in game 3. He is a thinking bowler.Recommend

  • Azhar naseem
    Apr 3, 2017 - 8:28PM

    Time for Shoaib Malik and Hafeez to honorably quit. They are now a baggage not worth carrying.Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Apr 5, 2017 - 12:30AM

    I simply hope that Shahdab doesn’t grow a beard to please the Chief Selector Inzamam, just like the others including Misbah.Recommend

  • JKhan
    Apr 5, 2017 - 9:23AM

    Who pushed me? This is Inzamam’s response. Mujhay kis ne dhaka diya?Recommend

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