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Sarfraz blasts PCB for not selecting Shoaib, Shabbir


Sarfraz Former cricket star Sarfraz Nawaz on Sunday criticised the selection committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not including fast bowlers

Shoaib Akhtar and Shabbir Ahmed in the team for the South Africa Test series.

In an interview with the PPI, the former fast bowler disclosed that the reason behind Shoaib’s exclusion from the team were the serious differences with skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq.

“I have been informed by my sources that Inzamam and Shoaib exchanged hot words during the training camp held at the Gaddafi Stadium while a few other members of the team were also against the inclusion of Shoaib Akhtar.

“I do not know why we always prefer our personal interests rather to prefer our national interest.”

He said Shoaib could play an important role in South Africa as the pitches the Africans made always help fast bowlers and here you dropped your top fast bowlers.

“I also worked on Shabbir Ahmed to correct his bowling action and now when he is cleared from the ICC and available for the national team, the PCB dropped him,” he reminded. Sarfraz Nawaz who was annoyed over the exclusion of Shoaib and Shabbir from the national team for South Africa tour also expressed his anger over the appointment of former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as the assistant coach.

“I think everybody remembers that when Dr Nasim Ashraf was appointed by President Musharraf as the PCB Head, the first decision he took was the termination of Mushatq Ahmed as the assistant coach.

“At that time Dr Nasim said that according to the Justice Qayyum report Mushtaq Ahmed was unable to hold any post in the team.

“What has happened now? Does the Qayyum report have no authority,” Sarfraz posed a question. It is worth mentioning here that in May 2000 the famous Justice Qayyum report regarding match fixing clearly stated that Mushatq Ahmed was not able to hold any post in the national team after he was found guilty of match fixing affairs in the Pakistan cricket team.
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