Salman Butt, former Pakistan tainted skipper has hit out at current captain Babar Azam and the team management over the move to ‘rest’ Mohammad Nawaz and Haris Rauf. Salman Butt urged Babar Azam to show some clarity in his thoughts and reveal the real reason behind the decision to send the duo home from West Indies.
Ahead of the two-match Test series against West Indies, Pakistan decided to give rest to Mohammad Nawaz and Haris Rauf so that they can spend time with their families ahead of the series against Afghanistan. Babar Azam confirmed the same at a press conference on Wednesday.
Salman Butt: Haris Rauf Hasn’t Made His Test Debut And 3 T20Is Out Of 4 In The Ongoing Tour Against West Indies Were Washed Out While Mohammad Nawas Was In The Bench Often
Lashing out at Babar Azam over the move to rest the duo, Salman Butt said on his YouTube channel that Haris Rauf, who has played 23 T20Is and eight ODIS, is yet to make his debut in the red-ball format.
“Babar Azam said Mohammad Nawaz and Haris Rauf play all three formats and that they are being rested because they have played many games. Haris Rauf has not even made his Test debut. How many matches did he play in West Indies? Three T20Is were washed out due to rain. Are you ashamed to say that this person is not in form so he is being sent back?” Salman Butt added.
“Let the boys also know that they need to work on their game. Has Haris Rauf played 150 matches? Or has he played non-stop cricket for last six months? Rauf has hardly played any games and you are saying he needs rest. You must be very clear at this level when you talk. The clarity is missing,” Salman Butt added.
Applying the same logic to Mohammad Nawaz’s case, Salman Butt questioned the logic behind resting the pacer.
“How many matches did Nawaz play on the England tour? Even in West Indies, he was mostly sitting outside. If you are sending back players from a tour, it is important to reveal the real reason so everyone in the set-up knows what’s happening. The way it was announced it seemed like two seniors who will be sorely missed were being given a break. Everything was so illogical.”
Mohammad Nawaz last turned out for Pakistan in April this year, during the team’s tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Haris Rauf was selected for two T20Is against the West Indies, both of which were washed out. Mohammad Nawaz, who played his last international match in April against Zimbabwe, was benched all six limited-overs games against England and also missed the only T20I Pakistan played against West Indies.
Babar Azam Reveals The Decision To Release Haris Rauf And Mohammad Nawaz Was To Spend Quality Time With Families
The interesting move though was the decision to release Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz from the squad to allow them to spend quality time with their families. Babar Azam said he wants the duo to be fresh ahead of the ODI series against Afghanistan in Sri Lanka, which is likely to take place in September.
Speaking about the decision to release Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz, Babar Azam explained they were released so that they can spend quality time with families.
“Looking at the likely team composition for the two Tests and giving preference to the well-being of the players, it has been agreed to release Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz so that they can return to Pakistan and spend quality time with their families.
“This will also give them a few extra days to relax, regroup and recharge for the commitments ahead, which commence with the series against Afghanistan.”
1st Test Match Probable XI:-
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite ©, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Alzarri Joseph
Bench: Jahmar Hamilton, Shamarh Brook, Nkrumah Bonner
Pakistan: Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam ©, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi
Bench: Nauman Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Sarfaraz Ahmed