Controversy never seems to be far away in Pakistan cricket and the latest incident, the postponement of the Pakistan Super League, is a big blow to Fakhar Zaman’s hopes of a T20I recall.
Last week’s decision to halt one of the world’s biggest franchise T20 competitions was undoubtedly the right one, with player and staff safety the priority.
Yet, as Inzamam-ul-Haq sombrely predicted, the knock-on effects will be significant for Pakistan cricket.
It’s a huge financial blow for the PCB but it could also have a negative effect on players trying to push for international selection.
PSL postponement a blow to Fakhar Zaman’s Pakistan recall hopes
Fakhar Zaman has been a strong performer for some time for Pakistan in ODI cricket, averaging over 45 from 47 matches, but he hasn’t produced the same standard of results in the shortest format.
He’s currently out of the side and with a World Cup coming up in India in October, he’ll no doubt be desperate to force his way back in.
Zaman looked like a man on a mission in the early stages of the PSL for Lahore Qalandars, smashing 82* against Quetta Gladiators and 83 against Karachi Kings.
After four matches, he was the third-top run scorer in the competition.
Had he sustained that kind of form throughout the PSL, it would have been hard for the Pakistan selectors to overlook him for future series.
The tournament was stopped before he could fully state his case, though, and while it’s hoped that it will be played to a conclusion at a later date, there’s no guarantee he’ll be in the same kind of form when it restarts.
With the World Cup now only seven months away, Fakhar Zaman looks to be facing an uphill battle to get back into the Pakistan side in time.
He’s not the only one who may feel robbed of a proper opportunity to impress the selectors, though, with veteran Shoaib Malik another player currently out of the international setup and looking for a route back in.