It was 'insane' to select Nazir as only specialist opener for Champions Trophy: Nazar

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Islamabad, Oct.6 (ANI): Former Pakistan coach Mudassar Nazar has criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) selection committee for selecting Imran Nazir as the only specialist opener for the ICC Champions Trophy.

Nazar said though Nazir is one of the best batsmen in the T20 format of the game, one cannot rely on him to score runs consistently in one-day cricket.

"It was insane to select Imran Nazir as the only opener in South Africa for the Champions Trophy squad. Twenty20 cricket is ideal for Imran and he is one of the best players in the world in that form of the game, but you cant rely on him to score runs regularly in the 50 over form of the game," Nazar told PakPassion.net.

He said the consistent change in the batting order of the Pakistan team during the Champions Trophy affected the team's performance in the tournament.

"I just don't understand why there was so much experimentation going on during such an important tournament. Instead of having some stability and cohesion, we saw constant chopping and changing," he said.

Nazar stressed that instead of captain Younis Khan or Shoaib Malik batting at number three, the team management should have asked Umer Akmal to bat at the pivotal position as he is the apt person for that position.

"Umar should have batted at number three in every game. He has already shown in his short career that he has the skill and the temperament to bat at that spot," he said.

Commenting in Younis Khan's statement that he was not fully fit in the game against New Zealand, he said it was upto the captain only to decide whether he wanted to play the match or not.

"Only Younis knew how fit he was and whether he should have played. We have all played in matches when not 100 percent fit, but I don't think the injury hindered Younis' batting or was the reason why he dropped that very simple catch," Nazar added. (ANI)

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