Pakistan need to play aggressive cricket in Australia: Yasir Shah
Yasir Shah (AFP Photo)

Pakistan start their ICC World Test Championship in Australia and legspinner Yasir Shah has advocated for a change in mindset for his team to give them a better chance at excelling in foreign conditions.

Currently ranked seventh in ICC Test rankings for teams, Pakistan will target their first world championship points when they face hosts Australia in a two-Test series in November. “We will have to change our mindset and play aggressive cricket in Australia because you get in trouble if you don’t play on the offensive there,” Shah was quoted as saying by Dawn.

Shah, 33, feels the conditions in Australia will be more suitable for fast bowlers and therefore it’s a chance for those playing in Pakistan domestic circuit to stake claim for the tour Down Under.

“Our World Test Championship begins with us facing Australia on their home turf where the spinners don’t usually get the assistance from the surfaces. So, the youngsters, especially the fast bowlers, playing in the domestic circuit should use this opportunity to make a case for themselves for selection in the World Test Championship squad,” Shah said.

Pakistan recently appointed former captain Misbah-ul-Haq as national coach and chairman of selectors as well. Fast bowling legend Waqar Younis was also named as the bowling coach but Shah feels the team will benefit more if they someone to guide the spinners too.

“It’d be best for us if we have a spin-bowling coach with us. Mushi Bhai [Mushtaq Ahmed] has worked a lot with me on my bowling action. I think having a spin bowling coach would be really great for youngsters as well,” Shah said.

Shah, who has played 35 Tests so far and taken 203 wickets at 28.72 with 16 five-wicket hauls, says he’s fully fit. “I am not carrying any injury at the moment. We have worked extensively hard in the training camp in the last 20-25 days which is now paying off. I bowled 32 overs today and didn’t feel any cramps either,” he said.