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Former Chief Selector Criticizes PCB’s Resting Policy

Muhammad Wasim to quit chief selector job

  • Mohammad Wasim disapproves of PCB’s decision to rest five senior players for T20I series against Afghanistan.
  • Wasim suggests a proper policy for resting senior players should be in place.
  • He believes home series are best for trying out younger players and resting seniors.

Former Pakistan chief selector Mohammad Wasim has expressed his disapproval of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s decision to rest five senior players simultaneously for the T20I series against Afghanistan last month. The rested players included regular captain Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi. The young Pakistan side led by Shadab Khan was defeated 2-1 by Afghanistan in the three-match T20I series.

Former Pakistan Chief Selector Criticizes PCB’s Policy of Resting Senior Players

In an exclusive interview with, Wasim stated that he supports the idea of resting senior players, but believes that the PCB should have a proper policy in place for doing so, rather than abruptly resting the top five players. He added that home series provide the best occasion to try out younger players and rest senior players.

Wasim further explained that it was harsh on the young players to be exposed to a full-strength Afghanistan side in difficult conditions of Sharjah. He believed that the New Zealand series would have been a better opportunity for these players to gain experience.

The former chief selector also criticized the decision to rest all the senior players together, stating that a senior batter was important to guide and mentor the young players during the series. He suggested that Babar, Rizwan or Fakhar should have been present to support the young players.

Wasim emphasized that even if senior players need to be rested, it should be done in a staggered manner, with at least one senior player present in the team.

He suggested that players who are part of the team should be given a fair chance to compete for their spot throughout the year to strengthen the team’s bench.

Regarding Mohammad Aamir’s potential comeback, Wasim advised the fast bowler to make himself available for selection by performing in domestic cricket. He also said that bringing Aamir back abruptly would be unfair to other players.

Finally, Wasim expressed his belief that the upcoming series between Pakistan Shaheens and Zimbabwe A would not be beneficial for the development of Pakistani cricketers. He suggested that A team series against teams like Australia A or England Lions would be more helpful.

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