Ramiz Raja, a former Captain of Pakistani Team, has not shown a positive gesture on squad selection made by Chief Selector, Misbah Ul Haq. He has some objections for some of the players sent to England for approaching Pakistan vs England Series 2020.
A group of 44 members is chosen to be sent to England to play the three-Test series and three-T20 series. It includes 29 players and 15 officials, a big ever Pakistan squad in the history of the country. Chief selector uncapped batsman Haider Ali and hands-on experienced troupes Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, and Muhammad Hafeez. These three didn’t get a chance to receive an agreement for the session 2020-2021. This Pakistan tour to England would be commenced in August and September.
Ramiz Raja gave Captain, 5 out of 10 on Players selection for Pakistan tour to England 2020
Ramiz commented in a Youtube video, “Assortment made for Pakistan tour to England is variegated. I will give Misbah, Captain of Pakistani Team, 5 out of 10 for the player’s selection he has made. Satisfied with the selection of Khushdil Shah and Haider Ali but the whole approach would not bring good results to Pakistani Team.”
Ramiz Raja also said by adding all old players in the team won’t give chance to new strikers in the team. When we talk about T20 series, newbies/youngsters should be given a chance to try their luck, Chief Selector has to think on this factor wisely.
Pakistan squad needs to be equipped with experienced players
It is said that Misbah Ul Haq has already been told that without Shoaib Malik and Muhmmad Hafeez they cannot win the T20 World Cup. Even then, unfortunately, it was not acted upon and took all old faces for England Test and T20 series. I considered it as a very immature decision made while choosing players for this Pak vs England series. Captain’s mindset sounds a young captain, which will not help Pakistan squad have the success I think.
Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez are both experienced players although they have become weak fielders, their record is much better to let them be the part of this Pakistan vs England series 2020. Shoaib Malik in his record of the last 10 years, participated in almost 25 ICC matches and scored at least fifty runs. The same is the case with Muhammad Hafeez, he is also the best all-rounder in the world. His performance in the World Cup against New Zealand is worthy. Nevertheless, Misbah should take this into account that experience can play an important role in winning the T20 World Cup.
Ramiz set another statement that if we look at the players, being highly experienced then it would be another scenario, therefore, experience in T20 is surpassed by taking in to account many other dynamics like attitude, fielding, reflexes. And if the reflexes are very low we cannot hit the big ones. If we consider all these factors, how can win be at our part?
“Spinners with right length and pace can make you win the series”, Ramiz said.
Ramiz added his comments for Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah,” might not that be effective” in his tour to England. Yasir has strived hard to take wickets but it comes of late but still, he is the part of that 29 players Pakistan squad.
The other three spinners included are Imad Wasim, Kashif Bhatti, and Shadab Khan but in Ramiz's point of view, Muhammad Nawaz and Farzan Raja can be more effective because of their strengths to bowl as accurately as needed with variations of pace.
Ramiz, moreover, quoted by Cricket Pakistan, The same goes for spinners like Yasir Shah, who might not be that effective because they also rely on shining the ball to deceive the batsman,”
He has made another recommendation by looking at Pakistan squad that two important bowlers, Haris Rauf and Dilbar Hussain, should also be the part of this Pakistan tour to England, because of their strengths in bowling which is very accurate at their pace and length.
“During the absence of saliva to shine the ball, teams won’t be able to win sessions of a Test match through the reverse swing and sideways movements,” Ramiz was mentioned as saying by Cricket Pakistan. “Only those bowlers will succeed now, who bowls at an accurate line and length just like in limited-overs cricket.
Ramiz said saliva is no longer added to shine the ball but with some bowlers like Haris Rauf and Dilbar Hussain can prove themselves well on English grounds as they can bowl very perfectly with all line and length; where there is the cricket of limited overs.
Haris Rauf has been nominated for this squad but Dilbar Hussain couldn’t take his place in this Pakistan vs England series 2020.
Ramiz said our hopes are high but I am not satisfied with Pakistan squad selection and I give, Misbah, a poor rating for this conduct.