Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has questioned the inclusion of two young pacers, Shahnawaz Dahani and Mohammad Wasim Jr, in the national squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.
In an interview to Cricket Pakistan, the 28-year-old questioned the selection policy for the tour, saying there was no vision in the decisions made.
“You can see that in the PSL [Pakistan Super League] players came in based on just five matches such as Wasim Jr and Shahnawaz Dhani,” Amir said. “This is not a joke. They are good players but is Pakistan cricket so bad that if you perform in a couple of games you can get into the national side? This has never happened.”
The fast bowler added that Pakistan cricket team is not a lottery where one can just bring in everyone they want. “I don’t know what their mindset is, but I can’t see a vision, sorry to say,” he said. “In each series they are bringing in two to three new players while six or seven players are being discarded. This does not happen anywhere in the world.”
Amir also urged Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim to select players based on quality and performances and not on “social media popularity.”