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Pakistan's World Cup squad lacks balance: Abdul Qadir

Press Trust of India |January 7, 2015, 9:54 PM IST
Pakistan's World Cup squad lacks balance: Abdul Qadir

Karachi: Former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir is not happy with the country's 15-member squad announced for the Cricket World Cup by the national selectors on Wednesday.

Qadir minced no words in stating that the selectors had done injustice to some leading players.

"If the team has been picked on basis of performances in the current first class season than keeping senior players like Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal out of the team is insulting them," Qadir, who has also worked as a former chief selector, said.

"I don?t see balance in the side. For one I don?t understand on what ground have the selectors picked Ehsan Adil and Sohail Khan and it is injustice with other players," he felt.

The former leg-spinner, who resigned as chief selector after differences with the PCB after the team had won the 2009 T20 World Cup in England, said that he would have gone with Malik, Akmal and Abdul Razzaq in the team.

"Experience is vital in Australia and New Zealand and Malik and Akmal have been performing very well in recent matches and they are in form. And to ignore a big talent like Razzaq is beyond comprehension," he said.

"I wish this team the best of luck but in my honest opinion I don't see someone like Haris Sohail succeeding in a mega event like the World Cup. The selection of Ehsan Adil is also very questionable."

Qadir said he would have liked to see the selectors pick technically competent players like Asad Shafiq in the team.

"I don?t see why Asad doesn't make the squad because presently he is the most technically sound batsman in Pakistan."

"Dropping Asad could prove to be a big mistake on part of the selectors."

Qadir however was satisfied with the selection of leg spinner Yasir Shah in the squad.

"It is a good move to have two leg spinners in Afridi and Shah in the squad when we are missing the services of Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez as spinners," he added.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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