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Pak not to ‘experiment with squad’ for India series, says PCB chief selector

Karachi, Nov. 29 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Iqbal Qasim has ruled out making wholesale changes in the squads for the tour of India which is scheduled to start next month.

The selection committee will finalise the squads after the National Twenty20 Cup that runs in Lahore from December 1 to 9.

“We will not be going all-out with our experiments with the team. We cannot afford to add too many rookies for tough oppositions like India or South Africa. We will make calculated decisions since India will be very tough to beat at home,” The Express Tribune quoted Qasim, as saying.

However, he added that a new player may get a chance for the important assignment on the basis of an extra-ordinary performance in the upcoming domestic Twenty20 event.

“It’s not that we’ll overlook the performance of youngsters. A player who impresses may get a chance,” he said.

Qasim, the former Test spinner, added that Pakistan bowlers, especially the slower ones, will be needed to perform well in order to help the team get the desired results.

“Bowlers are required to shine in order for us to beat India on their home soil. India have a strong batting line-up which is even better at home. If we manage to contain their batsmen with good bowling performances then we stand a good chance of achieving good results in the series. Otherwise, it will become a very tough series for us,” he said. (ANI)