I would’ve picked Irfan for Australia tour: Akram
December 8, 2011
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram is baffled by the Indian selection committee’s decision to opt for Abhimanyu Mithun over an in-form Irfan Pathan for the upcoming tour of Australia. “I would’ve definitely picked Irfan. His previous experiences in Australia would have been a boost to Team India. I don’t know why he wasn’t considered,” said a stunned Wasim.
The fast bowling legend felt bringing back the buoyant Irfan at this stage would have been ideal.
“Irfan has hit peak form, and it would have been perfect to unleash him at this stage. He looks confident and his swing would have been very handy in those conditions,” he said.
Wasim, who has mentored Irfan in the past, also felt the selectors should have named Praveen Kumar’s replacement after the last two ODIs against the West Indies. The UP pacer is out with an injury.
“If they gave Abhimanyu Mithun an opportunity in the Ahmedabad ODI, it would have only been fair to see how Irfan performed in the remaining two games. I think it’s a bit unfair, but the selectors probably had a different line of thinking,” Wasim remarked.