ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Inzamamul Haq’s decision to include his nephew Imamul Haq and drop speedster Wahab Riaz for England tour came under harsh criticism in the National Assembly Standing Committee on IPC Monday.
Imam who scored just 222 runs in five Quaid-i-Azam Trophy matches with poor average of around 27 runs per innings this year was preferred over two dozen of batsmen having better average in the Trophy. Iqbal Mohammad Ali an MNA from Karachi said it was unjust to include Imam and drop consistent Fawad Alam from the touring party. “Imam is totally raw and not worthy of selection for tough England tour. If you are nephew of chief selector that does not mean you are qualified to play for the national team. Your performance in Quaid-i-Azam Trophy is almost zero. Why then Imam finds a place on team. In comparison Fawad who has been scoring heavily in domestic cricket has yet again been dropped.”
Iqbal Mohammad Ali also criticised Wahab Riaz exclusion saying he had a speed to take wickets under given circumstances. “I feel decision to drop him is totally unjust. He is the only Pakistani bowler who can touch 150km and has the ability to trouble batsmen with speed. Why he has been dropped?” he questioned.