Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal want Pakistan panel to be as consistent as Indian selectors, want domestic performers to be given enough opportunities!
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and discarded wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal have called on Pakistan selectors to show the same consistency as their Indian counterparts do while picking the national team.
Butt and Kamran feel that Indian selectors show more consistency in giving chances to their players. In comparison to their Pakistani counterparts.
“India shows more consistency in allowing their players to play top-level cricket,” Butt notes.
“Rohit Sharma’s batting average was around 25 and 30 at one stage. But the Indian selectors gave him consistent chances and today he has become a world-class performer,” Butt said.
Butt and Kamran also felt that one reason for Pakistani not producing the same quality batting as India was because of the inconsistent nature of pitches used in the first-class matches.
He notes that in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, there were at least 20 instances where teams were out for less than 100 runs. The premier first-class event had low scores because of the pitches at different venues.
Butt and Kamran also noted that domestic cricket performances should be sole criteria for picking national teams.
They pointed out that if players who regularly do well in domestic cricket are not given consistent chances to become good international players, then Pakistan cricket growth will be affected.
The two test players express their resentment in the panel in previous selections. In recent years there are many instances where players were shuffling without getting proper chances at the international level.