Javed Miandad wants underperforming players dropped

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad Thursday wants Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors to give heed to the underperforming players in the Champions Trophy and bar them from the ODI squad in future.

Talking to the state-run news agency, Miandad urged selectors to monitor those players who keep on playing too many dot balls thus proving a burden on the team in the Champions Trophy.

Javed Miandad was responding to question regarding Azhar Ali (9 runs off 22 balls) and Muhammad Hafeez (26 runs off 53 balls) who performed below par in the second match against South Africa.

“Selectors lack vision, they should notice this type of below par performances and should get rid of those players who are proving a burden on the team,” he said.

However he praised opener Fakhar Zaman (31 runs off 23 balls), saying he played tremendously well but we should not at once create hype when a player or team performs as it is their duty to play well on the field.

“Players are getting hefty amounts for playing cricket and it is just like a job for them, as like any other person,” he said.

Speaking about Pakistan’s next match against Sri Lanka on June 12, he said all teams are performing well in the Champions Trophy and Pakistan would have to make some out of the box winning performances to excel in the tournament.

Javed Miandad said in order to compete with international teams, we need to improve our domestic cricket. “In foreign countries the standard of domestic cricket is even greater than international cricket which is the reason why they have plentiful of talented players popping-up from their domestic circuit.”

“But the standard of our domestic cricket is not up to the mark therefore talented players are not coming up,” he said and asked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to improve the domestic cricket.