LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team Coach Geoff Lawson has denied statements regarding ouster of national team players, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi and M Yousuf, from the one-day squad attributed to him, termed baseless.
Talking to 'The Post', here at the National Cricket Academy on Tuesday, Lawson said that he was surprised to see media reports regarding ouster of Shahid Afridi and Yousuf from the ODI squad and termed these statements totally baseless. "Journalists have been making their reports on different issues while nobody had talked to me regarding the players," he added. Talking about any report submitted to PCB, Geoff said that he was supposed to file reports to PCB on different issues and had been doing the same but said that he could not comment on the reports as they were supposed to confidential and could not be exposed to media or any other person.
Talking about the chances of the fit-again fast bowler M Asif, Lawson said that Asif has resume his bowling with almost 90 percent of his speed and looking good but he showed his reservations about Asif's inclusion in the team against upcoming Zimbabwe series. "It is unlikely that Asif is allowed to play in the series against Bangladesh as he has been out of the international cricket for long time. It is difficult for him but not impossible and he may prove his fitness and play against Bangladesh in the last couple of matches," Geoff maintained.
To a question about the outcome of the Bangladesh series, Lawson replied that the Bangladesh team was low in rank as compared to the Pakistan team but it would be a challenging series and they would not take is easy. Lawson named Kamran Hussain and Nasir Jamshed who could be included against Bangladesh as well. To a question about the team's camp Lawson said that they would hold a short camp from April 4 to tone up the team members.