KARACHI: Former test cricketers of Pakistan on Thursday hailed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decision to select pacer Rahat Ali to replace injured Juaid Khan in the squad for the ICC World Cup Cricket tournament.
Former captain of Pakistan cricket team and renowned commentator Ramiz Raja said that selection of Rahat Ali to replace injured pacer Junain Khan was a right decision in the prevailing circumstances.
” In the wake of Pakistan’s bowling woes, i think PCB’s decision is right. As Pakistan is facing difficulties in bowling, selection of an specialist bowler will help the team,” he commented.
He said that Pakistan need specialist not a half bowler and half batsmen. ” If you have an extraordinary all-rounder, then its OK, if not then you need to go for specialist,” he commented.
Former Cricketer Sikander Bakht also supported the PCB decision to send Rahat Ali Australia to replace Junaid Khan in the mega event.
But he criticized PCB for not giving enough chances to the pacer to play cricket before the mega event. “He must have been given chance in Pakistan home series against New Zealand or in the two-match ODI series in New Zealand so that he could be gauged,” he added.
Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shehryar Khan has reportedly rejected Pakistan cricket team management request to send seamer Sohail Tanvir to Australia in place of injured Juaid Khan and decided to send fast bowler Rahat Ali.
Sources said that as per initial plan of PCB and team management, Bilawal Bhatti was to replace Juaid Khan but after his worst performance in the two-match ODI series against Kiwis, Pakistan team management changed its mind and sought replacement from the PCB.
They said that team management had requested PCB to send Sohail Tanvir to Australia for the mega event to replace Juaid Khan. However, PCB Chairman rejected the request and decided in favour of Rahat Ali.
Geo News reported that Shehryar argued that Rahat was an specialist bowler.