Lack of quality spinners in WC squad, yet another flaw in selection

ISLAMABAD: Former captain and a combative left- handed opening batsman Amir Sohail has said that the national team selected for the stint in Twenty20 world cup is lacking quality spinners.

“When you play in India spinners are handy, but the issue here is that without regular specialist spinners and a pace heavy attack, the pressure to take wickets will inevitably fall on Shahid Afridi,” pakpassion quoted Amir as saying.

He said it was true that on true spinning tracks, even part-time bowlers would end up with a bag full of wickets, but what would happen if the pitch would have no turn. “In that case Pakistan will definitely feel lack of quality spin attack,” he underlined.

“After Saeed Ajmal and Yasir Shah we have no quality spinner or match winner but what other specialist spinners have come forward in Pakistan Super League (PSL) who can lead Pakistan to victory,” he questioned.

The former captain had represented Pakistan in 47 Tests and 156 ODIs, scoring 2823 and 4780 runs respectively with an average of 35.28 and 31.88.

Amir said it had appeared that the selectors opted for bowlers who could bat a bit when deciding about spinners to take to the World T20, which was an unwise approach.

“An all-rounder is a player who can hold his position in the team either through bowling or batting alone. So if you pick a player who can give you 100% uplift in at least one area, then his capabilities in the other area are a big plus for the team. On the contrary, if you don’t have a match-winner in either aspect of the game and take a bits and pieces type cricketer into a major tournament like the World T20, then all you get is a headache,” the former captain mentioned.

About the ouster of opener Ahmad Shahzad from the team, he said he had always been very critical of Ahmed Shehzad in the past as the opener hadn’t been making runs when it mattered, but when it comes to dropping Shahzad for Khurram Manzoor one should wonder what was actually going on in Pakistan cricket.

“Khurram’s selection not only demonstrates lack of a coherent thought process by the selectors, but also raises some important questions about PSL as it appears that some really good talent is not being picked for Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 tournament,” he added.

Iftikhar Ahmed’s surprise selection for the WT20 squad was another example of the malaise and flawed approach in national cricketing affairs, he remarked.

Amir further said the selection process to pick national players for PSL fraught with inconsistencies.

“We would like to emulate the IPL in terms of hype but we seem to be missing out essential strategies that led to the emergence of match-winning players from IPL – consistence chance to players like Ravindra Jadeja to shine,” he concluded.