Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Sunday said that he was surprised to see all-rounder Imad Wasim not being selected in Pakistan’s Twenty20 International squad for the upcoming series against South Africa and Zimbabwe, The News reported.
Talking to media at a Smart Sports Gala Programme in Islamabad, the 45-year-old was not satisfied with the decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) selection committee to drop Imad.
“He deserved a place in the T20 squad as he is too good to be dropped from the T20 team,” he said.
Imad was not part of any of the three national squads announced on Friday for the African tour scheduled in April.
Akhtar also urged the PCB to support and invest in club cricket. “I myself am a product of club cricket. We need seasoned sports administrators to organise club cricket and help groom talent,” he said.
The former cricketer also thanked Khan Research Laboratories' (KRL) administration and Dr Qadeer Khan for renaming the KRL Stadium in his honour.
“I am really obliged for this gesture,” he said. “I played for KRL for over ten years and never played for any other department after. The KRL decision to name the ground in my name is really a welcoming gesture.”