After toiling long and hard in the domestic circuit for years, Abid Ali finally made it into the national side in the series against Australia. Instantly making full use of the opportunity at hand, the opening batsman struck a magnificent century on debut to secure a spot in Pakistan’s World Cup squad.
However, Abid’s dream run is proving to be short-lived with reports emerging from England that the 31-year-old is set to be replaced by Asif Ali, despite not playing a single game on-tour. This treatment has been labelled as unfair by former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja, who believes the right-hander should have been given more chances.
Given the flat nature of the surfaces in England, Ramiz said that Abid should have been fit into the playing XI as this would have boosted his confidence and made him into a star batsman.
However, with the opening duo of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman already decided upon, Abid’s inclusion in the team seems highly unlikely.