Published On: Mon, Jul 11th, 2016

Wasim Akram’s concerns for Pakistan’s batting


Wasim Akram, ex-skipper of Pakistan cricket, is not anxious regarding Mohammad Amir’s go back ahead of Pakistan’s initial Test in opposition to England; he is uncertain that how the batsmen will manage all through the imminent series.

The 50-year-old thinks that England’s pace assault will take a number of swing all through the four-game Test series that initiates at Lord’s on Thursday, and is anticipating Pakistan’s top order will be capable to fiddle with swiftly to the swinging ball.

Wasim stated in an interview that “It is Pakistan’s batting that I’m worried about, even with James Anderson out of the first Test,” he further added that “Any player with a back-foot technique, or who is neither forward nor back, will struggle against these [England] bowlers in these conditions.”

On the other hand, Pakistan’s pace assault is probable to attribute Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Yasir Shah, and Wasim anticipates the bowlers to be reason for England batsman Gary Ballance some troubles at the top of the batting order.

He further stated that “From what I have seen of Gary Balance, he is mainly a back-foot player,” he continued that “I would expect Pakistan’s bowlers to pitch the ball up and take it away from him, posting three slips and a gully, while keeping open point, mid-off and extra cover to encourage the drive. That way you have a chance of him nicking off,”

Sharing the tactics of the trade, Wasim added that the national team’s bowlers can take a number of swing in England, given they do their training on the opposite team.

He told that “England is a great place to use the width of the crease against left-handers. Start off close to the stumps, and then once in a while go wide,” he further added “I hope Pakistan have done their homework because the new ball swings a lot more in England, and can reverse more too.”

Wasim continued that he anticipates spinner Yasir Shah to be capable to grasp an end, whereas fast-bowlers can turn at the further end to keep the England batsmen on their toes.

He stated that “The great thing about having paced and spin working together is that it does not matter so much what the pitch is doing, or whether you win the toss. You have the bases covered,” he said.

He continued by saying that “Myself, Waqar and Shoaib Akhtar used to operate in short bursts while Saqlain Mushtaq attacked or defended. One of us was always fresh to come back,”


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