Sports: Cricket: Rashid believes Shinwari’s selection was justified

Karachi: In spite of the fact that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) came under heavy criticism from many quarters for featuring inexperienced Usman Shinwari recently in T20 series against Sri Lanka, however, former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif believes that his selection was justified.

“Shinwari has troubled all good batsmen in the domestic circuit so I think selecting him for the nation team was not a wrong decision,” said Rashid, who usually is at loggerheads with the board.

19-year-old Shinwari, who has played only 13 Twenty20 domestic matches was recently picked and featured in the recently-concluded series against Sri Lanka.

Shinwari was picked for his outstanding performance against the Misbah-ul-Haq-led SNGPL during the national T20 final, where he inspired ZTBL to title triumph with impressive bowling figures of five for nine.

Misbah actually advocated Shinwari’s inclusion in the squad and selectors and team management also eventually concurred.

However, Rashid said that T20 was not the right format to ascertain the true potential of any player.

“And there was not only Shinwari, who conceded runs in the match. Other bowlers also did the same on the occasion. He conceded 52 runs in four overs, meanwhile others conceded above 150 runs in 16 overs,” Rashid told a local news channel.

Meanwhile, PCB chief Najam Sethi recently told media that it was actually Misbah, who was enthusiastic about Shinwari’s selection in the national squad and everyone else including selectors and Moin Khan eventually concurred on that.

“I don’t pretend to be an expert on cricket,” Sethi said on many occasions during his meeting with media persons on Sunday. “So I usually agree with experts.”

“Misbah is normally a silent guy but he enthusiastically said that Shinwari is an outstanding bowler and should be included in the squad,” Sethi said.

Sethi added that all others including selectors and team management in UAE eventually concurred on it. “[Even T20 skipper] Mohammad Hafeez said that send Shinwari, he would have him in the playing eleven,” Sethi said.

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