Aaqib Javed suggested that avoiding a whitewash in the upcoming Australia series would be a big achievement for the Pakistani team
Former Pakistan cricketer Aaqib Javed has expressed his skepticism over the selection decisions made by Chief Selector Wahab Riaz for the upcoming Test series against Australia.
The 18-member squad, announced on Monday, has raised questions, particularly with the exclusion of pacer Haris Rauf.
Wahab, addressing the media in a press conference, explained the situation surrounding Rauf's omission. Wahab claimed that Rauf initially agreed to be part of the Test series but changed his mind at the last minute, expressing concerns about his workload.
“Haris Rauf was initially picked for the tour but he refused to partake in it, citing workload concerns. We spoke to Haris about this tour two days ago, and he gave his consent to playing Tests for Pakistan. However, he changed his mind last night and didn't want to be a part of this Australia Test series,” Wahab claimed.
While speaking to media in Lahore on Tuesday, Aqib slammed the selectors for forcing Haris and building pressure on him to play Test cricket.
"Haris Rauf has been playing T20 cricket, he hasn't played Test cricket for a year, so how can they play him? Haris played one Test and got unfit. PCB claims they will respect players, on the other hand, they put pressure on them. Right now there is no logic that you are telling Haris to play Test cricket. On what performance are you telling Haris to play in the Australia series?" Aqib questioned.
Aqib Javed, not mincing his words, expressed his concern about the squad's ability to perform in Australia.
"Pakistan teams with big names went to Australia but couldn't win. If Pakistan can avoid a whitewash in this series, it will be a big feat," he remarked.