Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif expects the national team selectors to step down if they feel the need to make changes in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. This would mean they didn’t do their job properly the first time around, as per Latif.
Pakistan’s 15-man squad for the World Cup was met with widespread criticism. Several players who have been out of form and not good enough to be in the national side were included in the tournament. Latif expects a few changes to be made which would show the incompetence of the selectors.
“Now if they go ahead and make changes in the main 15-member squad then the chief selector must ethically resign and so should the other selectors. Because they are responsible for selecting the squad and if changes are made it means they failed to do their jobs properly the first time around,” Latif was quoted as saying to PTI.
A National T20 Championship is ongoing in Pakistan at the moment where the squad members have performed poorly. Keeping this in mind, the selectors’ decision to leave out Sarfaraz Khan and put Fakhar Zaman in the reserves comes as a big surprise.
“India and England appear the most balanced” – Rashid Latif
Latif further reckoned that the Indian team led by Virat Kohli and the England team captained by Eoin Morgan are the standout teams in the upcoming T20 World Cup. But since the T20 format is quite fickle in its nature, even Pakistan can spring a surprise, according to Latif.
“India and England appear to be the most balanced sides in the tournament while West Indies always remain a dangerous side but I wouldn’t write Pakistan off as if they click they could gain momentum and surprise many people,” Latif added.
Babar Azam and co. will face arch-rivals, India, on October 24 to kickstart their campaign.