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‘I was staunchly against Jamshed’s selection’

“He struggled with his attitude, form and fitness. His failure was no surprise because he was out of touch,” outgoing selector Shoaib Mohammad said of the embattled opener Nasir Jamshed.

Shoaib, who was a member of the selection committee which picked the 15-man squad for the World Cup under Moin Khan, added that he was never in favour of including Jamshed in the side.

“I was staunchly against his selection,” Shoaib wrote in his column for Sport360.

The 25-year-old Jamshed scored just five runs from three World Cup matches and was a liability in the field, with captain Misbah-ul-Haq bringing substitute fielder Yasir Shah in his place on several occasions.

Shoaib along with Salim Yousuf, Ijaz Ahmed, Wajahatullah Wasti and Mohammad Akram were all shown the door along with chief selector Moin Khan on Monday as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) installed a fresh committee under Haroon Rasheed

While there were some dubious selections in the squad picked for the World Cup, Shoaib said the team management failed to realise the perfect combination throughout the tournament.

“The team management did misuse the resources at their disposal by leaving out the likes of Sarfraz Ahmed, Younis Khan and Yasir Shah when they were most needed. Another fault I saw from the management was their failure to evoke the passion required at such a big event. It seemed like it was only evident in Pakistan’s thrilling win over South Africa in the group stages,” Shoaib went on to write.

Shoaib, who played 45 Test and 63 ODIs for Pakistan, picked wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed as the star of the tournament for Pakistan.

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