Reshuffling in batting order is childish: Mohsin Khan

Karachi: Frequent reshuffling in batting-order and expecting batsmen to perform has infuriated former chief selector Mohsin Khan, who believes it has confused the batsmen and eventually they performed dismally in the ODI series against England so far.

“It is very stupid to make frequent changes in the batting order and if the team management expects players to perform from such stupid schemes then it is very childish desire,” said Mohsin Khan, who is also a former Test opener.

“Take the case of Sarfraz Ahmed. He batted well in the previous match at number 7 and then in the next match he was sent at number 4. He struggled at the new spot and failed to replicate his previous inning,” Mohsin told PPI.

Mohsin further said that there are many flaws in the team management approach and the two biggest flaws were selection of playing eleven and lack of game plan.

“I am sorry to say this that I saw no game plan either in batting or bowling from our team. I had said before the series began that Pakistan should win the series against England 4-0 or 3-1 in these conditions and if they lose more than one match in the series than that would be due to their own mistakes than a good performance from England. We actually lost the two matches more than England won those two,” he explained.

He added that bringing so many youngsters at once in the team would harm and shatter new players’ confidence rather than boosting it.

“If team management is looking to bring in youngsters then they should do so but gradually. One or two players should be given chance in a match. If there is urgent need than maximum three could be fielded but not more than that because team would certainly struggle. The balance of the team will be lost if four or five inexperienced players are included in the playing eleven. The team will struggle under such circumstances. Moreover, we will not be able to groom youngsters in this way,” he stressed.

He further said that when youngsters are brought in the team, then the pressure should be shouldered by the senior players.

“We are sending Bilal Asif and Babar Azam as openers and when they fail to click in one match, they are benched in the next. This is ridiculous and is damaging the confidence of youngsters. Team management must understand that their work is to boost confidence and guide the players in the right direction. But what we see here is that team seems to be rudderless and confidence of the youngsters shattered,” he added.

The former opener said that opening an inning is a specialist job and therefore specialist openers should open the inning.

“Every team goes for specialist openers. But what we do is that our specialist opener Ahmed Shahzad, who is with the team in UAE, is warming the bench for the last three matches. He is the most experienced opener after Hafeez. If he has violated code of conduct and have disciplinary issues then he shouldn’t be with the team. If he is there with the team then he must be given the chance to open for Pakistan. What I feel is that playing eleven is selected on personal liking and disliking. The one, who is calling the shots in UAE must understand that the team belongs to Pakistan and it is not a property of an individual,” said Mohsin.

Mohsin also said that there is a vacuum in the middle order since Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have departed from ODIs and prolific Fawad Alam should be brought in the squad after this series is over to fill that vacuum.

“The team needs Fawad Alam and I don’t see any other player who is playing better cricket at the middle order than him,” he said.

Fawad Alam is one of the most prolific batsmen in Pakistan’s domestic circuit.