'Dropping Younis unintelligent'
Former batsman Basit Ali has slammed the omission of the veteran Younis Khan from Pakistan's squad for the ODI series against Australia.
Pakistan on Tuesday excluded Younis and seamer Umar Gul from their 16-man party for the three matches in the United Arab Emirates, with fit-again opener Nasir Jamshed and left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan recalled.
The right-handed Younis has managed just 97 runs from his last 10 innings and scored a mere 10 runs in four knocks during the series defeat to Sri Lanka in June.
"In my view, it is an unintelligent decision as you've dropped your key player just because of his recent performance against Sri Lanka," Ali told PakPassion.
"The sad part is that the chief selector Iqbal Qasim is himself a former cricketer and he has seen that Younis Khan was given out wrongly four times in the series. Yet, Younis has been dropped.
"Younis Khan is a very big-hearted man, a true patriot. Considering the kind of guy he is, he will most definitely make a comeback. Although he is 34 years old, he is the fittest player in the team alongside Misbah-ul-Haq."
The 41-year-old Ali, who played 19 tests and 50 ODIs between 1993 and 1996, condoned the inclusion wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and all-rounder Shoaib Malik. However, he questioned the decision to name veteran seamer Mohammad Sami in the T20I fold but not the ODI unit.
"You've got Mohammad Sami in the T20I squad but have shaken his confidence by dropping him from the squad for the ODI series against Australia. They, the selectors, are my seniors but I'm sorry to say they seem to have no knowledge which format a player is suited for," he added.
The first ODI gets underway in Sharjah on 28 August.