Pakistan selectors will have a tough task at hand when they sit to finalise the 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy on Friday as they have to take the hard decision of either axing a promising young all-rounder or a senior player.
The seven-member selection committee headed by former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim also have to take a hard look at the fitness of pace bowler Muhammad Asif, who has not played any competitive cricket since last July.
"It is not going to be easy for the selectors when they sit down on Friday to finalise the Champions Trophy squad because in South Africa the conditions are tough at a higher altitude and there is need for experience," a source said.
The source said if the selectors decide to call up Asif then they will have to either axe all-rounder Fawad Alam who scored a debut century in the Test series in Sri Lanka or a senior player.
"Fawad has become a good utility player for the team and plus the captain, coach and manager are very impressed with his commitment and attitude in the team regardless of whether he is playing or not," the source said.
He said if the selectors decide to retain Fawad then they would have to axe either one of three senior players including Mohammad Yousuf, Salman Butt or Misbah-ul-Haq.