Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
Head coach of the Pakistan Super League franchise Quetta Gladiators, Moin Khan, took a dig at the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) selection committee on Wednesday for what he termed as their "illogical" policies.
The former skipper said the committee's choice to drop veterans Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez for the series in Australia and their inclusion in the Bangladesh series went "beyond any logic" as the latter mentioned series served as an opportunity to groom youngsters.
"They recently recalled two senior players [Malik, Hafeez] for the series against Bangladesh, comparatively a weaker side. But the duo was dropped when they were needed [against Australia]" Khan said.
"In a tougher series, you dropped seniors and sent youngsters and when you were facing a less competitive team, you recall seniors instead of grooming youngsters which is beyond any logic."
Khan believed that the committee was afraid to face defeat and thus went on with their decision.
"If they're afraid of losing then they'll not be able to win," he said.
The former wicketkeeper-batsman also criticised the dismissal of former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed from his captaincy role and added that the team needed a player like him.
"His stats in limited-overs cricket were not that bad and I still believe that he shouldn't have been removed from the T20I and ODI squads," Moin said.
"The way Sarfaraz was removed makes one think that there are different standards of judging different players on the basis of one's liking and disliking."
However, Khan expressed his confidence over the cricketer's return and said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) would see a good performance from the former skipper despite a tough competition.
"I have no doubt that he'll perform well in PSL and make a comeback," he said.
"The tournament is going to be very tough this time, all the teams are evenly poised and we expect some good contest throughout the tournament."