The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Selector Mohsin Khan has hinted at the inclusion of new faces for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe as the selection committee meets later this week to finalise the squad.
Pakistan are to fly for Harare in the last week of August for a three-week long sojourn that includes one Test and a Twenty20 besides a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series.
Mohsin said the selection committee would assemble in the next few days to discuss the squad for the tour.
“We will be discussing team selection later this week,” the chief selector told The Express Tribune. “There is some outstanding talent in some of the players and they will definitely get a chance.”
However, Mohsin added that while the squad could not be finalised before the return of the PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt – who is on vacation – the selection committee will prepare an initial list of the players.
“We will prepare a list for the approval of the chairman,” said the former Test cricketer.
“The selection committee has always preferred youngsters but this time we may increase the number of the upcoming players.”
Mohsin, who is also working as a batting coach at the ongoing PCB Fast Track Coaching Programme, said the camp and the recently-held Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup helped the selectors in identifying the new talent.
‘Not an easy tour’
Meanwhile, Mohsin added that the tour was not going to be an easy one and the selection committee would be cautious.
“We would try to form a balanced squad by including the senior players.
“No international assignment can be taken for granted. It is not going to be an easy tour and the team would have to work hard for good results.”
Meanwhile, the chief selector also rejected the notion that he would be accompanying the team in Zimbabwe as a batting coach.
“There is no such development,” he said. “The board hasn’t approached me.
“I was just asked to take up the role of batting coach at the PCB Fast Track Coaching programme and I offered my services because I’m always ready to serve Pakistan cricket in whatever capacity I can.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2011.
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