Former Pakistan captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq has blasted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim after the reports of Babar Azam not being happy with the players selected in the squads to tour South Africa and Zimbabwe next month.
After the Chief Selector announced squads of all three formats to tour the African continent, reports emerged that both the skipper Babar Azam, and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq are utterly displeased with the players selected or dropped. It is also learned that the selectors didn’t even confer with Babar on the selections.
Inzamam-ul-Haq is upset that the selectors and the board are undermining Babar Azam’s authority as a skipper.
“The important thing is that team is selected with consultation and I have already said many times that the most important person is the captain. Chief selector and coach are not the most important people because they can’t go inside the ground and the captain who has to make the team fight inside he should have the confidence,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said in his YouTube video.
“Babar Azam is not impressed with the team selection and Mohammad Wasim is saying it’s not your concern. How can Mohammad Wasim say such a thing to Babar Azam? This is surprising. Now, where are those statements of Mohammad Wasim and the policies of the board saying that the captain will have the full authority and will have the main role in the selection?” he added.
Unable to understand that what this board is actually doing: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had previously held the selector’s position as well, is perplexed by the board’s decision to drop more than half-a-dozen players from the T20I squad which recently won against South Africa at home. He also compared how PSL was postponed when covid cases emerged, but the IPL 2020 concluded smoothly last year in the UAE despite few members of Chennai Super Kings testing positive.
“I am sometimes unable to understand that what this board is actually doing. Every decision of the board is incorrect. They postponed the PSL which surprised me, IPL had 10 Covid-19 cases but they completed the tournament. They are unaware of what will happen to Pakistan’s image due to the closure of PSL. Babar Azam is unhappy, Mohammad Wasim is saying something else and the board is silent.
“You have won the last T20 series and you have still made five to six changes. Five to six changes have been made in ODIs and players that are selected have played just two to three matches. This is not the standard of Pakistan cricket. The player who bowled well in two matches of PSL is selected, is this the standard of Pakistan cricket. It feels like everything is being done by the board from behind,” the 51-year-old further added.