ICC World Cup 2011: Rashid Latif expresses concern about Pakistan's preparations

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ICC World Cup 2011: Rashid Latif expresses concern about Pakistan’s preparations

Former Pakistan captain and coach of the Afghanistan cricket team Rashid Latif has stated that the Pakistan Cricket Board has made a big mistake by leaving out experienced middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf for the ICC World Cup 2011.

He expressed his satisfaction at the balance of the squad, wih reservations that the PCB should not have delayed the announcement of captain for the mega event, potentially creating disharmony amongst the players.

Latif expressed his concern about the inexperienced middle order of Pakistan and said that Yousuf could have played a vital role in the all important competition. In his opinion, Yousuf could have been added to the squad in place of Sohail Tanvir, who has not played much international cricket of late due to a knee injury. He said, “The squad is balanced, but I feel selectors have made a mistake by leaving out Mohammad Yousuf.  I would have chosen Yousuf ahead of Sohail Tanvir.”

Rashid Latif will be taking an active part in the ICC World Cup 2011 as Afghanistan’s coach.

Latif rates Shahid Afridi as the best candidate for leading the green shirts, but also expressed his concern that the PCB does not want Afridi to lead and are waiting for the results of the One Day International series against the Kiwis.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board doesn't want Shahid Afridi to lead the team. Afridi has fallen out with his teammates and the board is waiting to see the results of the New Zealand series. I still feel that Afridi is the best man to lead Pakistan in the World Cup. But if the board wants Misbah ul Haq as the skipper, then they should have appointed him earlier. It reflects the sorry state of affairs in Pakistan cricket,” Rashid further added.

The former Pakistan captain rated Umar Akmal as one of the most exciting players in Pakistani ranks and said that he could prove to be a threat for the opposition in the ICC World Cup 2011 if allowed to play in his natural aggressive style.

 

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