Former Pakistani Cricketer Slams Team Selection Against West Indies. Rashid Latif, a former Pakistan wicketkeeper, expressed dissatisfaction with Mohammad Haris’ inclusion in the middle order.
Mohammad Haris, a right-handed batter, made his ODI debut for Pakistan in the first game of the three-match series against the West Indies. In the game, the batter did not get a chance to bat. Rashid Latif, a former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter, has expressed his disappointment at Haris being given a chance in the middle order for the ODI series despite his T20 form as an opener. He cited Babar Azam’s press conference, in which the Pakistan captain stated that Shan Masood cannot be used as a middle-order batter because he is an opener.
Rashid Latif Slams Team Selection Against West Indies
“When asked about Shan Masood during the pre-match press conference, Babar Azam stated that he is an opener, not a middle-order batter. However, Haris is promoted to the middle order the following day based on his T20 performances. It didn’t sit well with me. I really felt bad “According to Latif’s YouTube channel.
“Everyone is a part of it. When a team is chosen, the committee chooses the starting XI first, which means Haris is already on the team. I don’t understand. I’ve seen Haseebullah perform admirably for Balochistan, and I believe he will continue to do so. He had two centuries in Under-19 (2022 U-19 World Cup). Do Balochistan players not have the right to play?” he asked.
Latif went on to say, using Shan Masood as an example: “On the one hand, you’re claiming Shan Masood can’t bat in the middle order. On the other hand, you have a batter who batted in the middle order as an opener in the PSL. How do you explain that?”
Mohammad Haris has played 14 T20s and 21 List-A matches so far.
The right-handed batter has scored 75 runs in four first-class games.
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Pakistan defeated West Indies by five wickets in the first ODI, thanks to skipper Babar Azam’s 103-run knock. Haris was not given the opportunity to bat during the game.
In the second ODI, he managed only six runs before being caught behind off Alzarri Joseph.