It was very much transparent and clear the form of Fakhar Zaman throughout the Asia Cup . When u are technically a weak batsman and proved to be out of form at the moment and being selected in Test squad as an opener against the most technically correct opposition of Australia , we have made a big blunder as a selection committee for sure infact wasted the most important spot of opener against experienced and inform M Hafeez who proved his metal and form with a double century knock of 213 in Quaid e Azam Trophy.
Second question rises on the selection of Shadab Khan , some one who was proved not 100% fit through out the Asia cup is selected again for the Test series , considering the conditions being more tough than before in day time , he will be more challenged with his performance as he struggled against India first game with hamstring. Capable option should have been M Asghar who was earlier selected in the test side and later dropped without playing a Test match and without any logical reason could have been a treasure for Pakistani side in UAE conditions , a full time spinner having 3 years of experience now of 4 day cricket deserves a chance here.
Third question arrises on the selection of Usman Salaudin against Fawad Alam , Fawad some one who just completed 11000 first class runs deserved a chance before Usman. When you talk about experience required in long format of cricket nothing is comparable between the two.
Dropping inform Junaid Khan and selecting out of form Hasan Ali is the master stroke of Selection Committee. I guess they forgot that. Junaid has the highest no of 5 wickets hails in UAE than any other fast bowler in the current lot. Form and rhythem comparison between both was clear in the last game against Bangladesh.
Dropping Rahat Ali the most consistent performer in the test side for the last 5 years in UAE for Pakistan and selecting Mir Hamza and Bilal Asif who might not get a single game and will be dropped in the next series just like past is again a bad decision for the players as well as the team. On the other hand the only decision which I will appreciate is selecting high speed Wahab Riaz for the tests which brings reverse swing in the game on dead wickets of UAE at 150km/hr.
Overall the selection is 50/50 and let’s how they perform.
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