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    Why do the selectors pick new players for the wrong format?

    It's so frustrating, especially in Pakistan cricket. Our selectors are supposed to be ex-players and yet they don't realise when a certain player has a good record in one particular format and is rubbish in the other. A good recent example is the quick bowler Rahat Ali. The guy is averaging pretty low in First Class cricket and averages high in List A, yet the selectors pick him for ODI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Nationaux View Post
    It's so frustrating, especially in Pakistan cricket. Our selectors are supposed to be ex-players and yet they don't realise when a certain player has a good record in one particular format and is rubbish in the other. A good recent example is the quick bowler Rahat Ali. The guy is averaging pretty low in First Class cricket and averages high in List A, yet the selectors pick him for ODI.
    It's because it's a chance to introduce the players to international opposition and get them experience.

    You won't see a guy who's more suited to ODI/T20 cricket getting blooded through test matches because they're the real thing.
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    Yeah what Benchy said. If they're thinking about selecting a player for tests, they'll often give them a go in ODI's, which gives them a good indication of whether they're good enough for international cricket in terms of the standard of opposition and it also lets the know whether a player has the temperament for the big stage.

    I don't necessarily agree with them doing it, but it's certainly understandable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    It's because it's a chance to introduce the players to international opposition and get them experience.

    You won't see a guy who's more suited to ODI/T20 cricket getting blooded through test matches because they're the real thing.
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    Also, let's the team see if they fit in with the team environment. Plenty of talented blokes have missed out on substantial international careers when they had the talent, but didn't fit in with the boys club because of their personality/attitude.

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    At this point in the ODI cycle, building for a World Cup isn't a huge priority, so ODIs become the perfect medium to trial players and get them experience at an international level.

    For example, if Umar Gul goes down with injury, would you rather Rahat Ali come in with zero international experience, or with 5 or 10 ODIs behind him?
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    Trialing for experience. In many cases I think it's the wrong move though.
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    We used Neil Broom as a finisher in ODIs which really annoyed me. He doesn't have a terrible List A record but the longer format is where he's best suited.

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