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Shahid Afridi, Basit reveal real story behind delay in selection of T20 World Cup squad

Ali criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for lacking transparency and accountability in selections

Shahid Afridi, Basit reveal real story behind delay in selection of T20 World Cup squad PHOTO: PCB

Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has suggested that Babar Azam, as the team captain and star player, has significant influence over the selection process, sometimes more than the selectors themselves.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ali criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for lacking transparency and accountability in selections.

Ali said that not all selectors were consulted regarding the T20 World Cup squad, leading to Naqvi's intervention to ensure proper procedure.

"I'll give you the entire story why the three met together. Two selectors are moving with the team - Mohammed Yousuf and Wahab Riaz. The others were not spoken to. They told the Chairman, and then he vetoed and asked what was happening and where are the minutes of the meeting. When a team is formed, not everyone is on the same page. Everyone has their different opinions. So then they give their views in writing on a page stating their views. All that does not happen here. I was a chief selector, so I can tell," Ali explained.

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said that Pakistan's cricket team has historically struggled with clarity in their selection procedures, citing Naqvi's dissatisfaction with certain selectors' absence as a reason for delay.

"We are victims of perennial confusion and always announce team at the last moment. There was a bit of confusion, for sure, because they wanted to test a few players in the first T20, and that did not happen because the first T20 got washed out," Afridi said.

"He wanted the process to be proper. All the selectors did not sit together and only some took them. That is why Naqvi was unhappy," he added.