Selectors will emphasize more on merit and select players on merit only – Inzamam ul Haq
After Ahmed Shahzad and Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam was sidelined by chief selector Inzamam ul Haq, who announced 21 players for the skill camp to be held at Gaddafi Stadium from May 30 to June 5.
These shortlisted 21 players will take part in the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) skill camp to be conducted at the Gaddafi Stadium for the upcoming England tour.
Addressing the press conference here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday, Inzamam said that he had picked up the players purely on merit and injustice had not been done with anyone.
“The players selected for skill camp and Pakistan A team are the unanimous choice of the selectors and performance was the only criteria to consider them.
He said they had done a lot of hard work before finalizing the players for the skill camp as well as for Pakistan A team.
“It is unfortunate that there was not a single talented all-rounder, who could impress us with his skills and technique and same was the case with the spinners, as there was not a single suitable spinner who could have been selected.
Leg spinner Yasir Shah has been facing fitness problems and he is likely to be fit in 10 days time.
He said that he went to watch players train during the camp.
“They were going through some hard drills at the earlier phase, but later on, they got used to the conditions and were really enjoying it.
I discussed the training schedule with the trainers in Abbottabad and I think if such sort of a camp is organized again for a longer period of time, it will help a lot.
Laying out the plan for the camp, Inzamam said: “The players will return from the fitness boot camp on May 27.
They will be given a two-day rest and the skill camp will commence from May 30 and continue till June 5.
The chief selector said the name of M Hafeez had been included in the camp and the final decision regarding his selection would be taken after going through his fitness reports.
To a query regarding Ahmad Shahzad and Umar Akmal, Inzamam said the selectors had eyes on both the batsmen, who really needed to improve their attitude as well as performance.
“Ahmad and Umar have been observed very closely and if they succeed in improving their grey areas, they can make a comeback in the team.
“We have also some other emerging players in our mind, who will be given chance in coming team selections for other assignments and most importantly, we have also consider the recommendations of the team captain and coach while selecting players for respective sides,” he added