Pakistan cricket team’s former selectors said that pacer Tanveer Ahmed should have been given a chance in the earlier series against England following his brilliant performance in the second Test against South Africa underway in Abu Dhabi.
Tanveer’s six-wicket haul helped him become the 10th Pakistani to take five wickets in an innings on debut and was the lone bright spot for Pakistan.
“He bowled brilliantly, showing that he deserved a place in the playing eleven in the series against England and not on the bench,” former chief selector Abdul Qadir told PPI.
“The pitch is batting friendly and only top class bowlers could perform at such batsman’s paradise.”
He said that Tanveer would have played havoc on the English pitches had he been given a chance there.
“English pitches favour bowlers like Tanveer Ahmed. However, the Pakistan think-tank clearly discriminated him by giving a chance to bowlers like Mohammad Sami and Irfan,” Qadir said.
Meanwhile, another selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu concurred that the Kuwait-born bowler should have been a part of playing eleven in the series against England.
“He has bowled impressively against South Africans, especially taking into account the fact that it is his debut match. The pitch is certainly batting friendly and bowling in such conditions is very difficult,” Sallu said.