Pakistan Cricket Board’s new Chairman of Selectors Mohsin Hassan Khan is an intelligent and honest person keeping aside his personal issues with cine world and reported drunken appearance in a live TV show. When he was appointed to this post I had my all the sympathies with him as he was more interested in batting coach position as confirmed by him. He started his first day on a good note telling everyone that he will be consulting Captain and Coach in team selection as they are the main characters in composition of a team and responsible for devising a strategy and implementing it in the ground.
Mohsin must be chewing his words now as he has announced a team of 15 without a Captain for not a series against Kenya,Bangladesh and Zimbabwe rather for World Cup T20 where we are defending our title. Chairman PCB is bent upon destroying the cricket in Pakistan through every possible manner through his cronies and absolute goofs like Wasim Bari, Rana family and Yawar Saeed. Now look at the composition of the team, we have Salman Butt(possible captain), Muhammad Hafeez and Khalid Latif as openers, Misbah,Fawad, Umar, Kamran, as batsmen, Afridi, Razzaq, Hammad and Arafat as All Rounders and Gul, Aamir, Asif and Saeed as bowlers. I don’t know why I always try to find negative out of every positive thing. Mohsin apparently has been given this team to announce as evident from his statement and we may be having another Chief Selector after the world cup as Mohsin would either tender resignation after his differences with Chairman or made a scapegoat due to poor performance of the team. We should possibly make our minds for poor showing at the world cup due to following reasons:-
1. If Salman Butt is Captain then Razzaq and Afridi would be angry;
2. If Misbah is Captain all three above would be angry; and
3. If Afridi is Captain then all of the Lahore players would be angry.
So we have started this team with complete non-sense method of selection without a leader. The Captain shall have an easy excuse, the team was not selected with my consent. Coach and Chairman of selectors have the same excuse and Mr.Butt is mother of all evils. Now come to the composition and selection of the team. I fail to understand, why Mr.Khalid Latif and Mr.Yasir Arafat have been selected in the team and on which basis. Yasir did not play a single match in RBS T20 and Khalid’s performance was totally pathetic not only in RBS but also in Australia. I think Khurram Manzoor performed much better both in Australia and RBS T20 comparatively and should have been in the team. We did not select a single upper order left handed batsman, rather we ignored the performances of Naved Yasin, Umer Amin, Umair Khan and so many others. We closed our eyes on Raza Hassan and Muhammad Irfan and punished them by completely ignoring them and selecting Yasir Arafat and even Muhammad Aamir without any performance or below average performance. Moral of the story is “One Phone Call makes it All”.
I have complete sympathy for Mohsin Khan and Waqar Younis in their bleak futures. By the way how come Akmal brothers are in the team in the first instance after breach of discipline in Australia. Chairman says Pakistan cricket needs them but do they need Pakistan cricket? Anyone trying to pose as larger than Pakistan Cricket should be thrown out of the team. No one is indispensable look at Brian Lara, Steve Waugh, Rahul Dravid, Micheal Vaughn, Stephen Fleming .
I would be anxiously waiting for next Pakistan Captain and Pakistan’s performance at T20 world cup.