Misbah advocates removal of pacemakers from central contract list

KARACHI: Pakistan's head coach and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has defended the ax of the older pacemaker Wahab Riaz , Mohammad Aamir and Hasan Ali of the new central list of contracts.

Facing criticism from some quarters over the decision to remove many senior players from the contract list, Misbah clarified that the three would still be considered for the team.

Hasan, clearly annoyed at his omission, sent out a cryptic tweet but then quickly deleted it.

Misbah insisted that the right decision had been taken keeping in mind past performances and the coming workload of the national team.

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He said Hasan was eliminated simply due to his injury problems since the World Cup.

"The selectors have made the tough decisions to leave out Aamir, Hasan and Wahab but considering Hasan missed most of the season due to an injury and Aamir and Wahab decided to focus on white-ball Cricket , this was the right move," Misbah said in a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board .

"However, Aamir and Wahab are experienced bowlers and they remain in contention as we believe they can still contribute to the Pakistan Cricket team and also mentor our young battery of fast bowlers," he added.

Hasan was ruled out of the home Tests against Sri Lanka last year after scans revealed multiple cortical rib fractures, involving the ninth rib on the right side and eighth and ninth ribs on the left side.

Many believe that Wahab and Aamir have been punished by the board for deciding to quit red ball Cricket last year in order to extend their careers in white ball formats.

Misbah said, "The philosophy and criteria for this merit-based central contract list was simple and straightforward: the selectors reviewed player performances in the past 12 months and then looked ahead to our team requirements in the forthcoming 12 months."

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