"There is a strong likelihood that we will rest some senior players for the Zimbabwe tour as we want to test our some more players from our shortlist of players we have prepared for future tours," the former test batsman told the media at the national stadium yesterday.

"We have a pool of new players in the loop and since we have the World T20 Cup in India next March we want to test some of them. Skills can be developed but we want to mainly see how they adjust temperamentally to international cricket," he said.

He also ruled out the possibility of also resting the national T20 captain Shahid Afridi for the coming tour in late September.

"How can you rest the captain he has to be there to see and check the new players because he is an integral part of our plans to develop a strong side for the World Cup," Haroon said.

The decision to rest senior players snowballed into a major controversy recently when Afridi and head coach Waqar Younis decided to rest wicketkeeper, Sarfaraz Ahmed for the two T20 matches in Sri Lanka that Pakistan won.

There was more controversy generated when Haroon was quoted as saying that the selectors had plans to make Sarfaraz captain in some T20 matches before the World event.

"I said something else in some other context and it was misunderstood. I had talked about giving Sarfaraz a chance to lead the Pakistan A team in coming series against the England Lions team.

"I think the decision to rest Sarfaraz was a non-issue and it was made into a controversy. If you see the world over teams at times have to rest some senior players to try out some new players," he reminded.

Talking about Muhammad Aamir whose spot fixing ban ends in September Haroon said there was a lot of premature talk and speculation about playing him on the tour to Zimbabwe.

Pakistan has agreed to play three T20 and three ODIs in Zimbabwe starting from last week of September.

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