Lahore  - Former Pakistan cricket team captain M Yousaf Tuesday questioned the calibre of the selection committee and said that the current selectors did not themselves have any international exposure of the game to select the team and they had been appointed for one reason or another mainly to appease the influential persons.

He said members of the selection committee Azhar Khan and Farrukh Zaman even did not play a full Test while Saleem Jaffer was an ordinary bowler who was disgraced in the hands of Australia in 1987 World Cup. Yousaf said the real culprits behind Pakistan team debacle were the selectors who had been making fun of Pakistan cricket for last many years by selecting not more than average team.

He suggested that instead of keeping faith in seniors and aging players, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should give chance to the youngsters. “The time is high when the cricket board and team need an overhaul as it is the only way to put Pakistan cricket on right direction.” Yousuf said the national team is facing batting woes because of absence of any proper role model and blamed skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for the present problems in the side.

Yousuf minced no words in attacking captain, Misbah, blaming him for the present problems. “He is the wrong example for the other batsmen to follow because technically he himself is suspect against fast bowlers and doesn’t have the range of strokes to come and bat higher up the order as captain to play the role of a motivational leader, neither does he have ability for big scores or to finish a match.”

Yousuf said he idolized greats like Javed Miandad and Inzamam but in the last few years Pakistani youngsters had started following the wrong role models. “Misbah has a strange batting technique and he is someone who consumes lot of balls to get going and is yet not capable of playing an impact innings. The selfish nature of his batting is now beginning to show in our other players,” Yousuf said. “Our batsmen are now just not playing down the ground strokes and they get bogged down ... Misbah is also now scoring more runs in one day cricket because of the change in rules.”

“Misbah seeing the state of affairs in the team should have been batting at number three but he has refused to do so and as a result we are now seeing a generation of batsmen who are not technically correct and who are satisfied with just a half century or more. There is no one to play match winning innings like the Indian players have become used too.”