Last Update on: April 21st, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Former Pakistan pacer, Mohammad Amir, has thrown shade on the national team’s management for excluding Ihsanullah from the playing XI against New Zealand.
New Zealand are currently touring Pakistan for a 5-T20I and a 5-ODI series. The Asian country is currently 2-1 up after four matches in the T20 series, as the fourth match was washed out.
Ihsanullah impressed in his national team debut, taking 6 wickets in three T20Is against Afghanistan. The tall pacer caught the attention of the cricketing world with his quick pace and ball movement. It should be noted that he only debuted because several team regulars were rested in that series.
Mohammad Amir, who retired from international cricket in 2020, took to Twitter to express his disappointment over Ihsanullah’s exclusion from the playing XI.
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“I was looking forward to see Ihsanullah bowl in NZ series but he has been benched. Ihsan PSL ka aur Afghanistan series ka sabse acha bowler tha (Ihsan was the best bowler in PSL and the Afghanistan series). Everyone was enjoying his fast & furious bowling & celebration. We should groom Ihsan instead of destroying his confidence, he wrote.
Ihsanullah was the second-highest wicket-taker in PSL 2023, taking 22 wickets in 12 matches for finalists Multan Sultans.
Shahid Afridi criticizes the decision to exclude Ihsanullah from the playing XI
Former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi, has shown disappointment in the national team’s decision to not include Ihsanullah in the playing XI.
The 20-year-old did impress viewers and experts in the limited time we have seen him on our screens.
Afridi called the decision to not play the lanky pacer against New Zealand unreasonable.
“Ihsanullah bowled very well during the series against Afghanistan in Sharjah and therefore, it is unreasonable to not play him against New Zealand,” he said.
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja also expressed his confusion in regard to the young bowler’s exclusion.
Ihsanullah will look to cement his place in the Pakistan National Cricket Team, as this year, Ais Cup and the ODI World Cup are to be played.