ISLAMBAD - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Iqbal Qasim announced the names of 16 players for the upcoming three-match One-day international series, starting from 28th of this month at UAE against Australia.

While finalizing the squad, the chief selector has totally ignored some key aspects. Pakistan team has always been known for their extraordinary bowling, but the team, which was named for Kangaroos series, lack that killer instinct. In the absence of Umar Gul, the team is well short of the strike bowler who could provide them the early breakthrough and especially, as we all are fully aware of the fact that Australia have some explosive batsmen at their disposal, David Warner and Shane Watson will tear apart Pakistan bowling attack which is mainly based on inexperienced bowlers. Junaid might pose some threat to Aussies but there is no hope from Aizaz or especially the surprise inclusion Anwar Ali, the later was selected just because he belongs to same area where chief selector lives in. Anwar was previously given chances but he flopped miserably and there was not a single reason or any exceptional performance from this lad which forced the chief selector to give him nod on others.

It is true Gul was not at his usual best in Sri Lanka but he should be given preference over at least Anwar. Another surprise inclusion in the squad is Aizaz Cheema, who was given a stick to remember by the Lankan loins, but selectors somehow still keep faith in him.

Same is the case with Imran Farhat and Nasir Jamshaid. Imran had already enjoyed overwhelming favours from the PCB in previous regimes and the situation remained same for him this time too, as he is the son-in-law of M Ilyas so he has every right of being given go-ahead over others. Imran is a loin in domestic circuit but he is a big flop when it comes to international level. Same is the case with Nasir who doesn’t move his feat while batting and only uses force to hit the ball out of park. Aussies are completely different opponents and they will not let Imran or Nasir to play freely.

The selectors should have given chance to explosive batsman Imran Nazir who is punishing every bowler at his will during the currently underway Sri Lankan Premier League, but the selectors had other ideas. Rahat Ali should have been tried against Aussies as with his height and accuracy, he could have been the perfect answer to Pakistan bowling woes.

Yousus Khan remained the backbone of Pakistan middle order for almost a decade but now the selectors can’t rule him out just because of one bad series. He still has a lot of cricket left in him. If Misbah, despite losing the series badly against Lankans, could continue both as a player and captain then Younus also deserved a chance. Without Younus in the team, Pakistan middle order is very fragile, as there is not a single player in the squad who can handle the pressure and provide the partnership if Pakistan lost early wickets.

Raza Hassan should have be given nod ahead of Abdul Rehman as this was the right time to induct one of your key and secret weapons as Rehman has already passed his best.

Overall, Pakistan will find it very difficult to beat the mighty Aussies with the available squad. It will take some extraordinary performances from key players to provide Pakistan a chance of upsetting Australia and won a series after a very long time. Last time, Pakistan achieved that feat against Kangaroos at their own backyard. Thanks to a brilliant performance from the world’s fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar, but this time around Pakistan attack is clearly lacking that cutting edge. Only a miracle can bring victory for the green caps, which look highly unlikely under the current situation.