Karachi: Former Pakistan cricket team captain Aamir Sohail feels that Pakistan coaches should urgently address Pakistan openers Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shahzad’s technical mistake they consistently commit, before they go into the match against India on February 15 at Adelaide Oval.
“I had reservations from the first day the team was announced. The problem of playing five bowlers and as many batsman will be tough nut to crack. But I feel five specialist bowlers should be in the side otherwise Pakistan would struggle,” Aamir told reporters during book launching ceremony of ‘First Sixer’, authored by sports journalist Obaid Awan, here at Karachi Gymkhana.
Aamir said that the match against India would be a difficult task but Pakistan can beat them.
“I wonder why coaches have not worked yet on Nasir Jamshed’s technical batting fault. Ahmed Shahzad also has the same problem. The coaches should now be quickly help the two openers overcome technical fault before they go in the big match against India,” Aamir said.
Both Nasir and Ahmed were caught at second slip playing loose shots during warm-up match against England.
Aamir lamented that team management has not properly worked on wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, who has performed brilliantly in recent past.
Aamir further said that the team management has to decide what role Younus Khan has to play at No 3.
“If one considers Younus to score sixes and boundaries then it would not happen. Other batsmen had to take that responsibility,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aamir said that the fight for the fourth spot in semifinals would be tough among Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and England as the other three spots would be secured by co-hosts Australia and New Zealand and in-form South Africa.