Raja takes dig at Pakistan selection panel over fresh squads

Former Pakistan cricketer and commentator Ramiz Raja is not a happy man after Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim announced a fresh squad for Pakistan’s coming series against England and West Indies.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Raja was of the view that the players were picked illogically and that the selection has left him baffled, disappointed.

He said that the board has once again given an opportunity to several uncapped players, but they only warm the bench on most tours. The cricket analyst also likened the uncapped local cricketers to “all-decked-up bride sent back without getting married”.

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Raja feels that the board then looks back to the “recycled players” after not giving the young stars ample chances. He said: “Not only are they recalled to the team but they are also made to play. They are preferred over the uncapped players.”

Raja reiterated his criticism on selection of 36-year-old Tabish Khan, a domestic veteran bowler who was picked for the recent Zimbabwe Tests that Pakistan won 2-0.

He was of the opinion that picking a 22-year-old for the red-ball series would have been better instead of picking someone as old as Tabish.