Mohsin Khan, former Pakistani
opener batsman and presently Pakistan’s chief selector, has congrates fast
bowler Aizaz Cheema’s performance in the only Test against Zimbabwe and said it
justified the selection committee’s decision to use the tour as a chance to
blood crest but promising players.
“This tour was the
best opportunity for new players and they justified our decision, especially
Cheema,” Mohsin khan told the Express Tribune. “I watched each
of his deliveries and he impressed me with his fitness and commitment.
“I won’t rank the win
as a immense achievement. The win wasn’t against a top-class team but we have attain
our target of finding a fast bowler who can support the other pacers.”
Pakistan rested their
first-choice fast bowlers Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz for the Zimbabwe tour and preferred
for a new-look pace attack that included Sohail Tanvir, Sohail Khan, Cheema and
Junaid Khan. Cheema, Khan and Junaid played the Test and bowled very well
“According to our
plan, we are giving chances to new players and Cheema with his performance has
proved he will be a useful prospect for Pakistan in future,” Mohsin told
the News. “He bowled with a great heart on a dead pitch. Sohail
still has time to prove himself.”
The selectors were damn for
the experimental nature of the squad but Mohsin said he was “not afraid of
taking these chances for the betterment of Pakistan cricket” and that he
had the “full support from the PCB.”
“I am here to prepare
a strong team with a strong back-up for which you have to take calculative
risky steps,” he said.
Pakistan and Zimbabwe
next play three one-day games and two Twenty20s. The first ODI will be played
in Bulawayo on September 8.