The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) chief selector Mohsin Khan has admitted that he has a tough job ahead to find replacements of the tainted trio- Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohamad Asif- as they are still serving the suspension imposed on them by the ICC ahead of the series against South Africa.
Mohsin stressed that the trio were among the country"s key players and would be 'automatic choices" for the assignment if cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC), The News reported.
“They are three of our key players and will be in the squad if cleared to play in the forthcoming series," he said, adding, “It will be really tough for us to find their replacement in case they are not available to play against South Africa."
However, Mohsin said that Pakistan have plenty of talent, which will give a tough fight to the Proteas in the series starting from Oct 26, even if the tainted trio are not included in the squad.
He said that the selectors would announce the squad for the Pak-SA series after discussions with Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis.
“We are waiting for the (PCB) chairman to return from England. He is expected to return later this week after which we will sit down and finalise the team," he added.