ISLAMABAD: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad Thursday wants Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors to under performing players in the Champions Trophy from participating in the ODI squad in future. He urged selectors to monitor those players who keep on playing too many dot balls thus proving a burden on the team in the Champions Trophy.
He was responding to a question regarding Azhar Ali (9 runs off 22 balls) and Muhammad Hafeez (26 runs off 53 balls) who performed below par in the second match against South Africa.“Selectors lack vision, they should notice this type of below par performances and should get rid of those players who are proving a burden on the team,” he said.
However, Miandad praised opener Fakhar Zaman (31 runs off 23 balls), saying he played tremendously well but we should not at once create hype when a player or team performs as it is their duty to play well on the field.“Players are getting hefty amounts for playing cricket and it is just like a job for them, as like any other person,” he said.
Speaking about Pakistan’s next match against Sri Lanka on June12, he said all teams are performing well in the Champions Trophy and Pakistan would have to make some out of the box winning performances to excel in the tournament.Miandad said in order to compete with international teams, we need to improve our domestic cricket.
“In foreign countries, the standard of domestic cricket is even greater than international cricket which is the reason why they have an abundance of talented players popping up from their domestic circuit.”“But the standard of our domestic cricket is not up to the mark therefore talented players are not coming up,” he said. He urged Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take efforts to improve domestic cricket.