Former Pakistan captain Muhammad Hafeez has lashed out on the nationwide selectors for ignoring seasoned allrounder Shoaib Malik for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
Hafeez mentioned he had suggested Malik to take retirement after final yr’s World Cup as he knew they might not be half of the Pakistan workforce set-up.
“I don’t even know whether or not he’ll get a correct farewell now which he ought to, given his 22 years of worldwide cricket. Because as issues stand after his current tweet the place he highlighted friendships, liking and disliking within the workforce many are sad with him,” Hafeez advised the CricketPakistan channel.
“Malik gave his finest to Pakistan for about 21-22 years and sustaining your health requirements for that lengthy is totally exceptional.
“When I took my retirement, I advised Malik to take retirement as effectively as a result of I knew that he is not going to be revered because it was additionally evident in my case. My understanding was that he wished one final standing however cricket is merciless like this.” Hafeez mentioned after the 2019 World Cup he had instructed to the administration to provide Malik a farewell sport.
“They didn’t entertain my suggestion in any respect not realizing his companies he ought to have gotten a match. Our administration has all the time been missing in relation to bidding them a farewell,” he maintained.
Hafeez mentioned if Malik had performed within the World Cup, the workforce would have gotten a senior participant.
“Don’t discuss about that he can not play reduce or pull, don’t forget that he performed cricket for 22 years so he didn’t play these photographs? We want to know; we’d like correct cricketers with whom we are able to make successful mixture whether or not he’s 40 or 20,” he mentioned.
Hafeez, who himself retired earlier this yr from worldwide cricket, described Pakistan’s chosen batters, Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah as one dimensional gamers.
“There is a lot dependence on the highest three and I might advise Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan now to point out extra intent of their method in coming matches,” he mentioned.
“I’ve mentioned this earlier than as effectively, Babar and Rizwan are the primary pair for Pakistan. They have helped Pakistan cricket win and develop. But if there may be something each gamers can enhance upon; it’s intent.” Hafeez additional talked about that Pakistan’s middle-order failed through the Asia Cup as a result of gamers like Khushdil and Asif don’t depend on innings constructing.
“Khushdil and Asif don’t depend on innings constructing and they’re very one-dimensional gamers. Khushdil has a strikerate (SR) of 110 and we think about him a world hitter and that isn’t proper. We have to get to the underside of this case,” he mentioned.
“We have to ask ourselves do these gamers have the power to soak up stress? Can they construct an innings if Babar and Rizwan fall early? We have chosen these gamers primarily based on the truth that our top-order takes time to settle which is ridiculous.”