Former Pakistani leg spinner Abdul Qadir lays into Mickey Arthur
Wahab Riaz and Fawad Alam hasn't been included in the Test squad.
Updated - Apr 18, 2018 4:42 pm
Pakistan has recently announced a 16-man Test squad which will play a one-off Test against Ireland and a couple of Tests against England in the month of May and June. The team is a combination of youngsters and experienced players. However, as many as five players are in the squad who are yet to make their debut in the longest format of the game.
Meanwhile, cricketers of the calibre of Wahab Riaz and Fawad Alam who have been in impressive form, have been omitted from the tour, which has raised several eyebrows. Lately, Abdul Qadir, the former Pakistani leg-spinner, severely bashed Mickey Arthur, the current coach of the Pakistani team and also termed him as ‘incompetent’ and a detriment to the career of several cricketers.
“Who is Mickey Arthur”- Abdul Qadir
“You have handed over the reins to an incompetent white man who has not played Test cricket himself. Who is Mickey Arthur? He is someone who was kicked out by South Africa and Australia. Mickey Arthur is the one who ruined Shane Watson’s cricket. Ruined the cricket of Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal. Now he is after Wahab Riaz” Qadir was quoted as saying by Geo TV.
Also, he fears about Pakistan’s culture in cricket and they are taking the step of considering performances of players in T20s as a benchmark for selection in Tests. Moreover, he has highlighted the fact that the significance of domestic is steadfastly going down with mediocre cricketers getting the nod over consistent performers.
“If you hire put such incompetent people… they are playing with our cricket. They are mistreating our star players. And those who perform in domestic cricket are not getting picked. Looks like we are making Test team from T20s. It’s unfortunate. Then might as well end the (domestic) Quaid-e-Azam trophy,” the former leg-break bowler added.