Former Pak greats blast ‘rusty’ Mohammad Asif’s selection

August 26th, 2009 - 2:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Aug.26 (ANI): Several former Pakistani cricketers have raised questions over the selection of fast bowler Mohammad Asif in the national squad for the ICC Champions Trophy.

Former fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz criticised the selection committee for Asif’s selection, saying the tainted bowler should not be included in the 15 member squad as he has not participated in any international event for the last 18 months.

“He (Asif) has not been allowed by ICC to attend the Pakistan’s cricket team’s conditioning camp ahead of Champions Trophy as his ban ends on 22nd September. I ask what was the reason they took the decision to indulge Asif for such an important event. He should have been picked to play other low-profile series and if he would have performed, then he could be selected for an important event as this one,” Nawaz said.

Former leg-spinner and chief selector Abdul Qadir termed Asif’s selection as a ‘bad decision’ and said the pacer was unlikely to give his 100 percent in South Africa.

Qadir also condemned the decision to drop all rounder Abdul Razzaq from the team.

“Razzaq did well in the ICC World Twenty20 championship in England and could have been very useful in South Africa,” The News quoted Qadir, as saying.

He questioned the selection committee’s theory behind selecting only one specialist batsman, Imran Nazir, for the mega event, and said Salman Butt should also have been included in the team.

“Salman Butt is such an experienced guy with more one-day centuries than captain Younis Khan. He should have been in the team,” Qadir said.

Former captain Zaheer Abbas said the selection committee may have just rushed Asif into the national team.

However, coach Intikhab Alam has rejected all allegations regarding Asif’s selection.

“No I don’t think Asif’s selection is a gamble because he is in good shape and working hard to be 100 percent fit for the big tournament,” he said. (ANI)

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