Pakistani Vatan coach Eunice Khan said on Saturday that he did not agree with the way players are selected for the national team in all formats.
During a virtual press conference, the former captain of Pakistan made it clear that a benchmark must be set to select players for the senior team, especially batsmen.
“Yes, we need to have a benchmark. We need to look at how much cricket experience a player has under his belt before considering his choice. How much responsibility he is willing to take and whether he is a performing player,” Eunice said.
“I am not in favor of choosing players based on the limited exposure to franchise cricket,” he added, when asked if choosing young players with little internal experience was counterproductive to Pakistani cricket.
“I agree that players need to have an appropriate first-class and roster experience behind them before they are taken into account. You need to see how capable a player is to adapt to international standards and cricket when he is selected for Pakistan.”
The former batsman, who is Pakistan’s best test taker for most centuries, said that at times the selection of players was due to pressure from the media, former players and analysts on their Youtube channels.
“Yes, it happens, there is pressure to choose a raw player on these media platforms and YouTube channels, and expectations are high for this player, so when it fails, it can’t do it.”
Younis recalled that in the past, Pakistan has produced quality batsmen as they have gone through an appropriate system of first-class and List A matches.
“You can’t expect to find Javed Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf or Younis Khan until we determine the criteria for selecting batsmen.”
Eunice also acknowledged that with some difficult cricket, including World T20 in India, Pakistan needs to solve its problems in the middle and lower ranks.
Younis said other players need to learn from Babar, who he says is on track to become one of the big batters.
“Babar has really worked hard on his fitness and technique and is so aware of the expectations of not only Pakistanis but also the world of cricket from him. He wants to be constantly on the track and is hungry for success.”
When asked about the multiple chances given to players such as Asif Ai, Haider Ali and others, despite their failures, Eunice pointed out that he is just a cotton coach and the final selection is the area of the head coach and captain.
“I can’t intervene. I can only give them recommendations and feedback, and the final decision is up to the head coach and the captain. We are trying to find the right combination in batting. So we will have performing batsmen in all formats.”
Eunice said the South African tour, where Pakistan won both the ODI and T20 series, was a good experience in training players.
Eunice said the coming months would lead to heavy cricket for Pakistan with the T20 World Cup in India.
“We miss this area. We need to address this area.”