“Most of the teams have a fifth or a sixth bowler who are either their all-rounders or any batsman who can also bowl but Pakistan lack in that department and we miss a fifth bowler when it is needed,” said Sohail, also a former chief selector.
Another former captain Rashid Latif agreed a 1-1 result was acceptable.
“It’s a fair result because South Africa proved they are currently the best Test team in the world,” he said. “The South African bowlers adjusted their length in Dubai and their whole team played for the pride of the nation and team.”
Latif did not have such kind words for the Pakistani batsmen, though, after they slumped to a low score of just 99 in the first innings.
South Africa piled up a big 418-run lead by scoring 517 in their only innings, and while Asad Shafiq (130) and Misbah-ul-Haq (88) fought hard in response, Pakistan were dismissed for 326 on the fourth evening.
“The Pakistani batsmen struggled after the first innings of the first Test and committed so many mistakes in the remaining three innings,” said Latif.