ICC World Cup 2015 Pakistan selectors in Tension
ICC World Cup 2015 Pakistan selectors in Tension! Pakistan national cricket team selectors are in a dilemma over the selection of the final 15-member squad for the World Cup, which is scheduled to be announced on January 7 in Karachi.
Their indecisiveness stems from the recent chain of events affecting key players in recent months and now in the ongoing Pentangular Cup one-day tournament in Karachi.
“The main dilemma is whether to go back and repose confidence in some senior players or not, whether to take a chance with the fitness of pacer Umar Gul or select Mohammad Hafeez purely as a batsman if he is not allowed to bowl in international cricket by the ICC,” a source close to the selectors said.
Discarded all-rounder and former captain, Shoaib Malik appears to have become the main talking point for the selectors, as after having thrown the gauntlet at them in a press conference, he has responded with two match winning half-centuries and some steady bowling for his Khyber Pakthunkhawa team in the Pentangular Cup.
Malik, before the start of the tournament, made it clear that he was available for the World Cup. But the selectors needed to see what would be his batting position and how many matches they were willing to give him to prove his mettle.
“Not only has he scored runs in the middle order but also bowled well, clearly staking a claim for the key allrounder’s spot in the team,” the source stated.
With Saeed Ajmal out of the World Cup and with doubts still remaining over whether Hafeez will be cleared to bowl in the World Cup, a source said Malik was close to a dramatic comeback to the team.
“If Hafeez is not cleared to bowl then Malik is the best available choice for the selectors,” another source stated.
The selectors are also facing a dilemma over the third opener’s slot as the uncapped young wicket keeper-batsman, Muhammad Rizwan has been in prime form in the domestic season.
Rizwan, 22, hit another ton for KPK in the Pentangular Cup yesterday after scoring 224 runs in the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy earlier this month.