It’s not right time to bring in Amir, Imad: Ishtiaq

By our correspondent
LAHORE: Former international match referee Ishtiaq Ahmad has said that coaches should be kept away from the selection matters of the national team.
In a chat with this correspondent Ishtiaq also raised questions over the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decision to appoint a selection committee without a chairman.
“Current player is appointed as a selector. Muhammad Yousuf is basically a coach. What is the role of the analyst in the selection process. We are playing joke with cricket,” Ishtiaq told this correspondent.
“Coaches should be kept isolated from the selection process. I am worried about the future of Pakistan cricket. We have no uniform or consistent management to run our domestic cricket as well as international cricket. Liking and disliking should be removed from cricket otherwise cricket will face the same debacle like hockey. I have not seen a selection committee without a chairman,” said Ishtiaq, also a former first-class cricketer.
Ishtiaq also pointed out that it was not the right time to bring in Amir and Imad.
“This is not the right time to induct Amir and Imad in the Pakistan team. There is a lot of difference between the PSL and international cricket. We are waisting our time,” said Ishtiaq.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday unveiled a seven-memner selection committee comprising Wahab Riaz, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Yousuf and Abdur Razzaq. The head coach and skipper will also be part of the selection committee which also will have a data analyst as it’s member. There will be no chairman of the committee which will make selection on the basis of the majority of votes.

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