Pakistan’s cricket selectors will meet today to discuss the squad for the forthcoming tour of West Indies with the future of underperforming senior players one of the main talking points.
Chief selector Mohsin Khan confirmed that the selection committee would assemble in Lahore to finalise the squad for the series starting later this month.
“We’ll have a detailed meeting for the tour,” Khan told The Express Tribune. “It’s an important meeting after the World Cup because we need to discuss and finalise our plans for the future.”
Cup performance to be reviewed
“Performance of all the players would come under review and that will form the basis of who gets selected.”
Pakistan will play five One-Day Internationals, two Tests and a Twenty20 on the tour as several former players calling for new blood to be injected into the squad.
Question remains over Kaneria, Malik.
Meanwhile, the selectors were unable to confirm whether former captain Shoaib Malik and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria were available for selection or not. The duo failed to get clearance from the board’s Integrity Committee before the World Cup on suspicion of their links with book-makers.
According to an official, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was waiting for the conclusion of the World Cup before making a decision on the duo.
Afridi to give input on selection
Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi will also meet the selectors and give his input on team selection. “I’ll meet the selection committee to discuss team selection,” said Afridi who is also expected to meet the PCB chairman during his visit to Lahore.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2011.