Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is going through a big transition period. After legendary allrounder Shahid Afridi‘s stint in the PCB selection panel, the board has been looking to form a new selection panel. Meanwhile, newly appointed PCB Chief Selector Haroon Rasheed made a big statement regarding the selection policy and the comeback of former pacer Mohammed Amir.
Rasheed suggested players to focus on their game rather than making any controversial statements. “I feel players should take decisions after careful consideration. Your single statement can cause controversy. In my opinion, players should focus on their cricket only”, he said in a recent interview with Cricket Pakistan.
While speaking about former Pakistani fast bowler Amir, Rasheed said that if he continues to perform well he will be in contention for selection. “In Amir’s case, I am not sure about his status. I have heard he is thinking of taking his retirement back. It is good that he is playing. If he continues to perform, he will be in contention for selection like other players.”
Earlier, during a presser, PCB Chief Najam Sethi said that he will not stop Amir if he wants to play international cricket.
Haroon Rasheed clears air about Shoaib Malik
PCB Chief Selector further spoke about the veteran batter Shoaib Malik. Speaking about his comeback, Rasheed said, “I have kept my options open on this subject and have not developed a specific strategy.”
“You have to see which players can fit in your current combination. We also have to see if such a player [Malik] can play any specific role in an important event, which can increase the possibility of Pakistan winning. However, if a young player performs the same role, it can be debatable. But I have kept my position open regarding this topic and have not formed a specific strategy. Once my selection panel is formed, we will come with a specific selection policy”, added PCB Chief Selector.
Both Amir and Malik are currently playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). In his last match, Amir became the third-fastest bowler to take 50 wickets in the league. He levelled the record of former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi.