ICC World T20 2012: Former cricketers concerned over Pakistan's batting firepower

Former cricketer Zaheer Abbas said the game against India will test the Pakistan batsmen Getty Images

Karachi: Sep 29, 2012

The Pakistan team might be on a winning streak in the ICC World Twenty20 but some former greats have their concerns over the batting of the team.

Former Test captain Zaheer Abbas expressed apprehensions over the inconsistent batting performances by the team.

“We won a big match against South Africa on Friday but the way the batsmen made a hash of chasing a small total is worrying for me. Hats off to Umar Akmal and Umar Gul who played heroically to get us across the finishing line,” Zaheer said.

Known as the ‘Asian Bradman’ for his stylish batting, Zaheer said that Pakistani batsmen now needed to fine tune themselves for the remaining matches of the event.

“The remaining games are against India and Australia in the super eight and I don’t think if our batting keeps on struggling like this all the time we can escape. The batsmen need to show more responsibility and understand that T20 matches can also be won by playing sensible cricket shots.”

Terming Pakistan as a front runner for the title Zaheer said the game against India will decide what happens next.

“It is a big pressure match and if our batsmen click than we can go all the way. The batsmen need to understand you can?t play shots on every ball. They need to pace their innings properly.”

Another former test batsman, Mohsin Khan also expressed concerns over the volatile nature of the Pakistani batting.

“One day we are chasing down 187 the next day we are struggling to get past 134. The consistency is a source of concern as we go into the knockout stage of the tournament,” he said.

Mohsin who was coach of the national team until March this year said that the coach needed to talk to the players on batting itself.

“I think the players need to be told they are hurrying their shots. They need to calm down. There is no shortage of talent in the batting line up but unfortunately the shot selection at times is atrocious.”

Mohsin pointed out that against South Africa, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Nasir Jamshed and Shahid Afridi had got out to horrible shots which could have been avoided at that stage.

“This Pakistan team can play in the final provided the batsmen show more responsibility now against India and Australia.

Chief selector, Iqbal Qasim felt the victory over South Africa would boost the confidence of the team against India and Australia but agreed the batsmen needed to put their heads down.

“I think every batsmen needs to be clearly defined his role and play accordingly. Every batsmen does not need to play big shots. But I have great faith in this team that it can qualify for the final,” he said. (PTI)

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