Questioning Pakistan team’s selection for the upcoming England tour, former skipper Ramiz Raja has said that the newly-appointed Inzamam-ul-Haq-led selection committee could have chosen a better 17-member Test squad to face Alastair Cook’s side.
Uncapped batsman Iftikhar Ahmad was chosen in the national squad at the expense of Babar Azam, who was instead named the skipper of Pakistan A.
The 53-year-old insisted that Azam has established himself as a player and that he deserved a chance to be called in the squad.
Azam suggested that selection should be made based on the overall performance rather than just on the previous records.
Meanwhile, Fawad Alam, who has been performing well in domestic cricket in recent times, was also ignored despite proving his fitness in the boot camp.
Pakistan are scheduled to play four Tests, five ODIs and one-off T20 international against England from July to September.
Pakistan’s squad for England tour:
Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Sohail Khan.