PCB selection committee perplexed ahead of Asia Cup

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Lahore, Jun 12 (UNI) Favourites to win the ongoing triangular series in Bangladesh, India, not only brought Pakistan's 12-match winning streak to an embarrassing halt but have also raised concerns for the PCB selection committee over how to find a winning combination for the upcoming Asia Cup.

While the Indians have rested most of their big guns, Pakistan have gone to Bangladesh with what their own selectors confessed was their 'best possible' squad.

Pakistan's national selection committee will meet next week to deliberate on the selection of the team for the Asia Cup to be held at Karachi and Lahore from June 24 to July 6.

The committee is expected to make a few changes keeping in view the performance of the team in the tri-nation series.

A PCB official admitted that the selection committee was finding it difficult to find a winning combination especially after the massive 140-run defeat against India.

''We persist with experienced players in crucial events to maintain the winning sequence but the performance of the team has compelled us to look for other options and a few changes for the Asia Cup are on the cards,'' A PCB official was quoted as saying by 'Nation'.

''A detailed discussion will be carried out in the selection committee meeting and they will present a list of 17 players to the PCB for further approval,'' he said.

He further added that the meeting is also likely to discuss skipper Shoaib Malik's recent performance because they are not taking the 53 runs by the all-rounder as a big achievement and there might be indication for the skipper to give his fullest or ship out.

Before the defeat against India, Pakistani cricket officials were blowing their own trumpet by pointing out that the national team has won a record 12 matches in a row.

Pakistan is unlikely to make many changes in the touring party when it returns home and launches its campaign in the Asia Cup.

The PCB official added that in the presence of senior players Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan and Misbahul Haq, there was no room for other players but these three have to take things seriously and start performing.

''There are only two batsmen Nomanullah and Bazid Khan who performed well recently but are not of the class of these players, which is great concern for the committee,'' he said.

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