The team of Pakistan will start its campaign in the T20 World Cup by playing a match against India on 23 October. Pakistan has not included veteran batsman Shoaib Malik in the T20 World Cup squad.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt feels that the chief selector Mohammad Wasim did not consider Shoaib Malik to solve the middle order problem even though the batsman has done well.
Butt said that important tournaments like the T20 World Cup require experience and Pakistan made a mistake by not including Malik. Pakistan had recently suffered a 3-4 defeat at the hands of England in the series of seven T20 Internationals at their home soil. Then the problem of Pakistan’s middle order came to the fore.
Salman Butt said on his YouTube channel on Wednesday, “Pakistan’s chief selector claimed that there is no backup for the middle order and those who are there, they will take time to mature.” So he did not consider the name of Shoaib Malik. Malik is still fit, a great fielder and has done well in every tournament he has played in since last year.
Salman Butt blamed Mohammad Wasim for not having a backup to strengthen Pakistan’s middle order. He believes that the board did not conduct enough Under-19 tours or A games, which would have helped the youngsters to mature.
The former captain said, ‘You said there are no backups, but what are you doing to prepare them? No A tour, Under-19 tour, didn’t do anything. How can you expect a lottery when you haven’t even bought a lottery ticket? If you don’t prepare them and don’t create the atmosphere, how will they be prepared?’