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September 21, 2010

Top players snubbed again!

Sports

September 21, 2010

KARACHI: Top domestic performers of Pakistan were not given enough chances to showcase their talent in the recently concluded ‘A’ tour of Sri Lanka.
Left arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who impressed with his bowling claiming 96 wickets in the domestic season, was given a chance in just two out of the overall six matches on the tour in which he claimed four wickets.
Former players rate Zulfiqar as a bowler of Test calibre but yet he was ignored on wickets considered to be a spinners’ paradise.
Furthermore, talented right-arm quickie Tabish Khan, who claimed 77 wickets in this first-class season, also fell victim of favouritism by coach Mohatishim Rasheed and manager Ameer Nawab as he too was given an insufficient opportunity to shine.
If the pitches were helping fast bowlers then Tabish would have been ideal in such conditions as he is not only express-fast but also swings and seams the ball.
The Pakistan A team coach could have rested Muhammad Talha who was the least effective bowler in the series grabbing seven wickets in six matches.
Yet, he never came under scrutiny. In addition, Yasir Shah too did not justify his selection, claiming seven wickets in five innings.
Mohatishim, who has not played any international cricket, was sacked as the coach of Pakistan women’s cricket team last year but PCB officials seem to be facilitating people of a certain lobby no matter whether they are deserving candidates or not.

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