First to give chance to youngsters: Mohsin

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Former Pakistan batsman Mohsin Khan has credited himself as being the first national selection committee chief to really give opportunities to new players and build a new look national side.

Mohsin said that in the past selectors had claimed about blooding new players but given few chances to youngsters.

“I think the present selection committee is the first one to properly work on a plan to blood new players and build a new team,” Mohsin said.

“We have already taken this bold step of resting some senior players and sending some new players to the West Indies with the consultation of the captain and coach,” he said.

The former Test opener said while he was satisfied with the progress shown by some new players, the batsmen, in particular, needed to learn to build innings.

“I have played Test cricket and I know that if one wants to play cricket for a long time, 30s and 40s are not enough to keep you going. These new players need to learn to convert good starts into big scores,” he said.

“They need to look at the greats we have produced like Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and see how they built their innings and went for big scores,” he said.

Mohsin also denied suggestions that he was a yes-man to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

“Pakistan is not the only country that has system of having paid selectors. That does not mean we don’t take decisions on merit. Our system is such that all teams need to be approved by the Chairman of the board and we follow that procedure,” he stated.

Mohsin said he himself had struggled hard to become a Pakistan player and he as chief selector would never ignore merit.

“Look, unintentionally mistakes can be made by us as well, but we have always tried to reward the good performers,” said Mohsin.

He also denied that he as chief selector was afraid to face the media and that was why preferred to announce teams through press releases.

“That is a policy decision of the board that teams will be announced through press releases. I have no issues facing the media and announcing the teams before them or taking questions from them,” he said.

Mohsin said the present selection committee was working on a long term plan to build strong national T20, one-day and Test squads.

“It will take some time but we are slowly getting there and that is why we are introducing new players in every series.”

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