As PCB announces central contracts for 2018-19 and demotion of Mohammad Hafeez from category A to category B have made PCB’s stance very clear for the first time that now performance does matter if you want to play for Pakistan. In past many times we have seen that player power, seniority and lobbying played its part in keeping many aging players in the central contract list and even in the Pakistan national side.
Many people are criticizing PCB on not giving Hafeez the due respect by handing him central contract in A category because of his services for Pakistan in the past, but people should realize that it’s Mohammad Hafeez of today who will be playing for Pakistan and not the Hafeez of 3-4 years back.
For the first time we are witnessing this change in PCB’s thinking that players past performances and seniority is not the criteria for automatic selection and ousted of Umer Akmal, Wahab Riaz and Ahmed Shahzad who all previously have the privileges of being indispensible from the national team irrespective of their continuous poor shows during several occasions.
Whether it is the decision of selection committee led by Inzamam ul Haq or by the think tank heads by national coach Mickey Arthur that once in a blue moon match winning performances of so called super stars will not guarantee them a place in national team.
Although there are still some players like Meer Hamza, Aamer Yamin, Zia ul Haq and Fawad Alam who went back in the reckonings despite of continuous good show in domestic circuit and some players leap frog ahead of them just because of showing few good performances over the past season.
If this culture prevails for a long run that weights of the performances over player name and seniority have more value than Pakistan team will get benefited from this policy as everyone should be of under threat that they need to perform continuously.