Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has lashed out at the national cricket board for its selection criteria, stating that the players should not be picked on the basis of a few good performances in the domestic circuit or in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Afridi feels that the lack of domestic exposure among current players is affecting Pakistan’s performance at the international level.
According to the 44-year-old, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should test the young players for at least one to two years in domestic cricket before selecting them in the national team.
“It has become so easy to play for the national team whereas in the past playing for Pakistan was the ultimate goal for any cricketer. That is why our performances are not consistent,” Afridi was quoted as saying by PTI.
“Why have we made it so really easy for players to represent their country? I am sad to see that a player gives one or two good performances in domestic cricket or the PSL and he is in the Pakistan team,” he added.
Afridi’s comments came in the light of the controversy surrounding Azam Khan, son of former captain Moin Khan.
The young batsman was named in the Pakistan T20I squad for their tours of England and West Indies despite not having a good experience in List A and T20 cricket.
Azam has played just one first-class match, 15 List A games, and 41 T20s in his cricketing career so far.