Rashid Latif during a recent interview with Cricket Pakistan criticized the men in green for poor selection and so, here is a look at what the former captain and wicket-keeper batsman had to say.
Rashid Latif Comes Down Hard On The Selectors
Criticizing the green shirts for bad selection the 53 year old said, “If Azhar Ali was not performing then the selection committee should have selected Shan Masood or brought in Sarfaraz Ahmed. There were options to choose from but Pakistan did not utilize them. Pakistan had two spinners in form of Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali when Pakistan played Bangladesh and Australia. However, against Sri Lanka, there were three new slow bowlers which included Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, and Salman Ali Agha.
“It is ultimately down to confidence but we are lacking in the spin department. The management and Babar Azam need to make a decision. Shadab Khan can be prepared for Test cricket but the decision lies with them at the end of the day. Faheem Ashraf possesses the ability to take wickets and also score runs. He could have acted as an additional pacer while also helping Pakistan in the runs department. If a player is going through a rough phase, it is important to support them through this. If they are abruptly dropped then it hurts the confidence even more and the situation becomes even more difficult to salvage.”
While comparing Mohd. Rizwan and Sarfaraz Ahmed he further said, “I cannot compare Rizwan and Sarfaraz as both are very good in their positions and roles that are assigned to them. If Pakistan are only looking at someone to fill in the number six position then there aren’t better options available than Sarfaraz.”