Former opener and coach Mohsin Khan has heavily criticised the fitness levels of Pakistan cricketers, claiming that eight of the 11 players that make up a team, are way beyond the fitness standards.

Mohsin’s comment come in the wake of Sharjeel Khan’s recall into the national team, after serving a two-and-a-half-year-long ban for spot-fixing. While many players have questioned the PCB’s decision to offer the batsman a second chance, Mohsin put his weight behind the opener, believing fitness should be the last parameter to not have Khan in the team.

“Opening has always been an issue for Pakistan. Sharjeel Khan is a talented player. His fitness should not be a major concern because I think eight players in Pakistan’s playing eleven don’t meet the required standards so it does not make much of a difference,” Mohsin told Daily Express.

Mohsin further stated he was not in favour of former captain Misbah-ul-Haq serving twin roles of being a coach and the national selector, believing the move is leading to lack of credibility. Mohsin, who had applied for the role of Pakistan’s head coach last year after the axing of Mickey Arthur post the World Cup, revealed how was offered a similar dual role during his stint as the team’s interim coach, but turned it down.

“When Imran Khan became the Prime Minister, I was expecting that the decisions in PCB will be taken on merit but that does not seem the case. Our cricket is derailing from the right track as there is no consistency in the national team’s performance,” he said. “There is lack of accountability with Misbah as the team’s head coach-cum chief selector. Who will you hold responsible when the head coach fields a side which he had selected himself?

“When I was the head coach of the side, PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt had offered me the role of chief selector as well but I refused because of conflict of interest.”