The first day of the #PakvEng Test in Rawalpindi saw the English boys accumulate a massive total of 506 runs in 75 overs only. They lost four wickets however, the visitors were in firm control of the proceedings when they day’s play ended owing to bad light.
They Got The Playing XI Wrong Again During The #PakvEng Test In Rawalpindi
Pakistan allowed a debut game to four cricketers i.e. Haris Rauf, Saud Shakeel, Zahid Mehmood and Mohd. Ali. Fair enough it’s a home series but why would you do that against an opposition as strong as England? They was no place for in form players like Shan Masood, Abrar Ahmed, Mohd. Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf. Moreover, the green shirts played three fast bowlers on a wicket where may be an additional spinner like Nawaz (who by now also has good international experience) might have come in handy. The dugout needs to stop repeating the mistake and get its act together because this is not for the first time that they have misread conditions and selected a wrong playing eleven.
Stop Being Defensive!
Historically, Pakistan wins when their bowlers do well. Still, the current set up seems bent upon producing dead wickets in home conditions so that oppositions are unable to expose their batters. They tried something similar against the Australians earlier in the year and still lost! Seems like they haven’t learnt!
The men in green need to accept that there is no place for wickets like the one in Rawalpindi because modern day batters from across the globe now know what it takes to bat on such surfaces. Pakistan then is better off producing wickets that allow a chance to their pacers!
If Not Now, Then When?
Pakistan needs a move on from 90s style of cricket. What we saw yesterday clearly indicates that modern batter no longer bat the way Azhar Ali does and that batters from the national side too have no other choice but to play attacking cricket even when they represent the country in the game’s longest format.