Former cricketer's main contention regarding Shan Masood's selection stems from the batter's recent poor form
Former Pakistan cricketer, Rashid Latif, has raised concerns about three selections in the Pakistan Test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. In particular, he has questioned the inclusion of Shan Masood, Hassan Ali, and Nauman Ali in the squad.
Latif's main contention regarding Shan Masood's selection stems from the batter's recent poor form. Masood has struggled to make an impact, scoring only 155 runs in his last 14 innings, averaging a mere 11.07. Latif argues that if the selection committee relied on data and statistics, Masood's poor performance would have been evident. He implies that Shan's selection lacks justification and raises doubts about the decision-making process.
“If you are using data, then that means you have selected Shan after turning your computer off,” Latif said on his YouTube channel.
“However, our computer is on. We need evidence when judging selection of someone. I am not getting evidence of Shan’s selection. His selection is not justified,” he added.
Similarly, Latif has expressed skepticism about Hassan Ali's inclusion in the Test squad. Despite acknowledging Hassan's talent and dedication as a bowler, Latif highlights his recent lackluster performance.
With only 10 wickets to his name in the past 12 innings and a bowling average of 53.7, Latif questions the rationale behind Hassan's selection, implying that there are more deserving candidates available.
“There is no doubt Hassan is a good bowler and gives his 100 per cent. However, if I look at his recent stats, what justification would I give regarding his selection? His selection is debatable,” Latif said.
Furthermore, Latif has cast doubt on Nauman Ali's selection, primarily due to age concerns. While recognizing Nauman's abilities as a player, Latif suggests that his age might become a limiting factor in the near future.
“Nauman Ali will represent Pakistan but for how long? Age is a big factor in his case,” he said.
Latif also draws attention to Mehran Mumtaz's impressive performance during Pakistan Shaheens' recent tour of Zimbabwe. Mumtaz emerged as the highest wicket-taker of the series, claiming 15 wickets in two four-day matches. Latif argues that given Pakistan's need for quality spinners, including Mumtaz in the squad would have been a valuable opportunity to groom him and provide him with international exposure.
“When you are lacking spinners for this tour, you could have taken Mehran Mumtaz, just to give him experience,” he concluded.