Tauseef urges Umar to fo­cus on cricket

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD —Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) se­lec­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber Tauseef Ahmed while re­act­ing to pacer Umar Gul’s state­ment said that in­stead of giv­ing state­ments Umar should fo­cus on cricket and keep on per­form­ing.

Umar Gul had said that he has not been given a proper chance. He said he had met the se­lec­tors’ fit­ness re­quire­ments ahead of the 2015 World Cup but was puz­zled by his non-se­lec­tion. Gul said his case should be treated on the same level as of oth­ers. He said when peo­ple rate him as a dis­carded player it hurts a lot.

Pak­istan’s chief se­lec­tor In­za­mam ul Haq, was re­luc­tant to com­ment on Gul’s out­burst, but Tauseef Ahmed, who is a mem­ber of the se­lec­tion panel, re­sponded, say­ing the rea­sons for Gul’s non- se­lec­tion were “not un­fair”.

“Cricket sea­son has just started and he shouldn’t be dis­heart­ened as there are a lot of se­ries ahead and it’s not just about Umar but ev­ery player who didn’t make into the Test side,” he said.—APP the op­por­tu­nity,” said Pace, her na­tion’s top-ranked woman golfer at 38th in the world.

“How­ever, over re­cent months my team has been mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing the Zika Virus and find­ing out as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble.

“After weigh­ing up all the op­tions and dis­cussing it with my fam­ily and team, I have de­cided that due to the health con­cerns sur­round­ing the Zika virus, I will not be par­tic­i­pat­ing.”

Pace’s pullout leaves 119th-ranked Paula Reto and 207th-ranked Ashleigh Si­mon in po­si­tion to com­pete at Rio as golf re­turns to the Olympic lineup of sports after a 112-year ab­sence.

“I hope that ev­ery­one can un­der­stand that this was a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to come to, how­ever my health and my fu­ture

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