Pakistan is all set to meet England for a three match Test series from next week on wards and hence, here is a look at what former cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Ramiz Raja had to say prior to the start of the first five day game that is scheduled to begin in Manchester.
So, Who Is Part Of The Squad?
The shortlisted cricketers include Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam (vc), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam ul haq, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah.
Why Shoaib Akhtar Is Not Happy
Legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar while criticizing the squad selection said, “They have announced a 20-member squad. In those twenty, there are around 22 fast bowlers. Let us see whom they select. Depends on the captain and the management, with which mindset they go in.
“If you lose the Test match because of wrong selection, then there will be strong criticism. If 40 players have gone and from there also you don’t get a proper Test squad, then what can you do. I feel sorry for the management but they should pick their best XI.”
What Ramiz Raja Had To Say
Terming England favourites for the Manchester Test former skipper Ramiz Raja said, “The pressure on Pakistan team has increased because England have a series win [against West Indies] under their belt. They will be well-oiled, battle-hardened and will hold a competitive edge over Pakistan.