ICL: Indian Cricket League

Selection committee not Inzamam will pick 16th man, says Bari



Chief selector Wasim Bari claimed on Saturday that Pakistan have delayed an announcement on their 16th man for the tour of England a day after skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said that rookie pacer Samiullah Niazi has been included in the touring party.

“There has been no decision yet on the selection of the 16th man in the Pakistani squad,” Bari told this correspondent. “And once it is decided which player would get that opportunity then the announcement would come from the national selection committee,” added the former Test cricketer, visibly displeased over Inzamam’s move to take the selection matters in his hands.

Inzamam was quoted as saying by a section of the press on Saturday that left-arm pacer Samiullah Niazi has been included in the national team for the tour of England in place of the injured Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

Samiullah is one of the players who were kept as reserves after it became clear that Shoaib and Rana might not be able to play in the Test series against England. Another medium pacer Rao Iftikhar Anjum was also being considered as a replacement for Rana.

Rana was initially included in Pakistan’s 16-member squad for the tour of England but the medium pacer is now likely to miss at least the initial part of the Test series because of a groin injury. The opening Test starts from July 13 at Lord’s.

Bari said Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and Inzamam have recommended Samiullah as Rana’s replacement but there has been no decision on it yet. “It is just their opinion,” he said. “The final decision is going to be that of the national selection committee.”

He stated that the team management has been told to go with a 15-man squad to England and ask for Rana’s replacement after examining the conditions there.

“It is still not clear what sort of conditions our team is going to face in England. It could be a wet and cold July and it could also be a hot July. The conditions in England are very tricky so it is advisable that Pakistan should wait for some more days and then decide which sort of player they would need in the Test series.”

Bari expressed that once he gets a formal request with the tour committee then the selectors would meet to take a decision on the 16th man. “I would either call a (selection committee) meeting once we get the request or talk to my fellow committee members before taking a decision.”

The selection committee has, in recent times, been criticised for its inability to take a stand on selection of players, as it has become an open secret that Inzamam and Woolmer have the final say in the selection process.
Source:The News

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