ISLAMABAD: Test Cricketer Taufeeq Umar believes the reason for failure of the national team in Test cricket is because the inability of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors to decide on the optimal blend of youth and experience.
The current state of Pakistan’s Test batting line-up has become a reason for grave concern given the 2-0 loss in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka.
Taufeeq feels the selectors are missing an important ingredient of match experience in the members of the Test squad.
“One of the other main reasons why Pakistan’s Test team has not won any of its last six series is that the selectors tend to remove and forget about experienced players at the wrong time,” Taufeeq told Pakpassion.net.
Taufeeq said experience in international cricket is a valuable and irreplaceable asset and cannot be ignored.
“You cannot replace experienced cricketers overnight.This oversight from the selectors needs addressing and it needs to be done immediately or we will continue our poor run in Test cricket,” Taufeeq said.
Taufeeq said if you drop experienced players for no reason then your cricket will suffer.
“These poor decisions damage cricket and these needs to be removed from Pakistan cricket. There is a lot of experience amongst the selectors and management now and they need to look to eradicate these poor decisions and the poor handling of some players. I am hopeful that with the recent changes in team management these matters will be looked into and sorted out,” he said.
With Pakistan scheduled to play two more Test series this year against Australia and New Zealand, Taufeeq wishes to impress the selectors with performances in the domestic season with the hope that they will reconsider their approach and opt for reinforcing the Pakistan batting order with a tried-and- tested batsman like Taufeeq.
“I am ready for a very important domestic season for me. I am 33 years old and Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq have both proved that age isn’t a barrier to success in international cricket,” he said adding he is determined to reclaim a spot at the top of the order in Pakistan’s Test team.