ICL: Indian Cricket League

No selection on basis of performance in practice games


Wasim_BariChief selector Wasim Bari welcomed Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq’s suggestion to have a few practice games in the conditioning camp getting underway in Lahore from today but made it clear that the proposed matches will have no consequences on the team selection for this summer’s tour of England.

“It’s a good idea to have a few practice matches during the camp,” Bari told ‘The News’ here in an interview.

“But to think that a player can stake a claim for a place in the national team on the basis of his performance in those games would be wrong,” he stressed.

Bari categorically stated the selection committee would put its weight behind those players whom it believes fit in the scheme of things for the tour of England.

And as far as the players’ fitness is concerned, the selectors would decide on it on the basis of the reports given by the team’s fitness trainers after the 12-day exercise.

Inzamam had proposed the other day to have a few practice games during the fitness camp in a bid to provide ace speedster Shoaib Akhtar a platform to prove his fitness ahead of the tour of England that gets underway from the end of June. He had also said that the selectors should think about having such matches before the announcement of a 16-member squad for England on June 9.

Bari agreed such games would help players like Shoaib regain match fitness ahead of the all-important tour.

“Such matches would help the players get back into rhythm which is why the idea to have some practice games always seems good,” said Bari.

But Bari made it clear that the selection committee has no intentions of asking the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to arrange practice matches during the fitness camp, saying, “It is up to the (team’s) captain and coach to decide whether they want such matches. It will not be our call.”

Bari added if such games are held it would not matter much to the selection committee how the players fare in them.

“Such practice matches would just be a way to assist players like Shoaib get back in rhythm and that it. Nobody should expect that if a bowler who takes some wickets in those games would be selected in the team for England ahead of pacers like (Muhammad) Sami or (Rana) Naved-ul-Hassan,” said Bari.

He said the selection committee would announce the team on the basis of the players’ performances in the recent past as well as one their usefulness during the tour of England.

Pakistan are to play four Tests and five One-day Internationals (ODIs) on the marathon tour of England.

Source:The News

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