Butt unhappy with just one Pakistan player in ICC ODI Team

Ijaz Butt said a few more Pakistan cricketers could have been included AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Sep 13, 2011

Ijaz Butt, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board has expressed his dissatisfaction over the inclusion of only one Pakistan player Umar Gul in the International Cricket Council s (ICC) ODI Team of the Year, a report said.

“Clive (Lloyd), I have a question. I just see one player from Pakistan, (but) some of the boys really did pretty well and they deserve your consideration,” Butt asked while raising his hand when the comperer of the function Mark Nocholas asked for media interaction.

The 12-man squad, led by India s Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has four Indians, three Sri Lankans, two South Africans and one each from Australia, England and Pakistan.

Lloyd replied, “We had discussions about that. When you are picking a side you are looking at the balance. We did not want to have an overload of spinners or quicks. I agree with you. There were not a lot of great performances. They were consistent but not tremendously great performances,” he observed.”

When asked about the omission of Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, Lloyd said, “There were a lot of people on the selection panel. Sachin Tendulkar is well and truly what you call a batting god and it is very difficult to leave him but when you look at some of the players (picked ahead of him) they have done reasonably well, they had done better than him.”