The Pakistan team management is in a dilemma over selecting the final eleven for Tuesday’s opening Test match against Australia at Lord’s.
“The problem facing the selectors is that the senior players including Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik have failed to get going so far in England in the side matches and in the two Twenty20 internationals that Pakistan won against Australia,” The Daily Times quoted a source, as saying.
“In contrast some of the youngsters who have been picked for the England tour including Umar Amin, Azhar Ali and even the recalled Yasir Hameed have done well in the side matches against Kent and Leicestershire,” the source added.
The other problem is to whether to stick on with the experienced opening pair of Salman Butt and Farhat, or to try out a new pair with a youngster being pushed up with Butt.
There is more pressure as the middle order, with the exception of Umar Akmal and skipper Shahid Afridi, is lacking depth and experience.
“There is some pressure on them because if the batting flops in the Tests then obviously the board, the selectors and the team management would have to face more criticism over the exclusion of Younus in particular,” the source added.
Pakistan has not defeated Australia in their past 15 Tests, their last success being a 74-run win in Sydney in November 1995. (ANI)