Haq met PCB chief Najam Sethi yesterday, conveying his reservations about the selection committee
Karachi, 23 August
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq has conveyed his unhappiness to the Pakistan Cricket Board over not being consulted on the selection of the squad for the current tour of Zimbabwe.
The country’s selectors, though not led by anyone now, announced the national Twenty20, One-Day Internationals and Test squads for the Zimbabwe tour earlier this month while Haq was away in the West Indies, playing in the Caribbean Premier League.
Haq met PCB chief Najam Sethi yesterday, conveying his reservations about the selection committee, besides discussing delayed payments of match fees to players.
“Apparently, Misbah felt that Rizwan Ahmed, who had been sent to the West Indies as wicketkeeper, should have been tried out when Umar Akmal got out of the series,” a source said.
The selectors included Rizwan in the Pakistan U-23 squad playing in the Asian Cricket Council’s Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore, and recalled Adnan Akmal for the two Tests in Zimbabwe and retained Umar Akmal as wicketkeeper in the Twenty20 and ODI squads.
Umar, however, has been called back by the board owing to some medical complications.
Haq, skipper of the ODI and Test sides, will join the team before the one-day series in Zimbabwe. In another development, Umar Akmal has been examined by a neurologist in Lahore as the PCB sought to unravel the mystery behind the player’s reported illness in the West Indies where he was playing in the CPL.
A senior board official confirmed Umar had been taken to the neurologist by Intikhab Alam.
“The neurologist has ordered some more tests and will examine him again after the reports come in,” the source said. The PCB recalled the youngster from the West Indies after it had been learnt he fell unconscious on a flight from Trinidad to Jamaica.
However, Umar, after landing in Lahore, told reporters he was all right and fit enough to go to Zimbabwe. While Umar denied he was suffering from any illness, his elder brother Kamran told reporters he – Umar – was afflicted with a back strain. In an unrelated development, Inzamam-ul-Haq has come out in support of banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, saying he never saw the bowler indulge in any activity that would fuel doubts about his integrity.
The statement has come after Rashid Latif urged the PCB to reopen or review Kaneria’s banishment with the England and Wales Cricket Board.