Karachi: Pakistan batsman Faisal Iqbal has been left shocked after the national selectors didn’t consider him good enough to play in a series of practice matches ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.
Though Faisal’s name was sent in the preliminary list of 30 players for the T20 World Cup in England, the national selectors overlooked him for three T20 target practice matches due to be played over the next three days in Lahore.
The final 15 players for the T20 World Cup and the reserves have all been named in the two teams for the target practice matches except for Faisal, who is the nephew of former Test captain Javed Miandad.
“I am totally shocked and hurt. I don’t know what the selectors are thinking or what they are planning. But not to be considered for the T20 practice matches and even for the practice game for the A team is very disappointing," Faisal said in an interview.
The irony is that Faisal who has played 26 Tests and 18 one-dayers has been named to lead the Karachi team in the national T20 championship from May 25 after all-rounder Shahid Afridi declined to be the captain.
“I can play in every form of the game and perform. But unless the selectors don’t give me a chance to show my worth how am I going to convince them," Faisal said.
Many believe that the chief selector, Abdul Qadir and some board officials who don’t get along with his uncle who is now the Director-General of cricket in the board might be settling scores by ignoring him for selection.
Faisal who is a centrally contracted player said he would definitely raise his grievances with the selectors and officials.
“I don’t think I am that bad a player that they don’t even consider me good enough for the practice matches," he added.