Islamabad: Former head coach Waqar Younis is confident about Pakistan’s chances against England and thinks that the team has all the potential to beat England at their home.
Waqar considers this tour to be very important for Pakistan and thinks that the team has the capability to beat England. Talking about England’s leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson, who will miss the first Test match due to an injury, Waqar said that it does no matter who plays or not as it will not make a difference.
Waqar Younis also talked about Pakistan’s opening worries and stressed on Hafeez’s poor form and hoped that the experienced player buckles up and performs because there are other players such as the likes of Sami Aslam waiting in the wings to replace him.
“English team is very good at the moment as they thumped Sri Lanka in the series,” he said while talking to a private news channel.
“Though Muhammad Hafeez is looking lost in the English conditions but still we should open with him,” he said.
He said Hafeez has struggled outside Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “England and Australia series are very important for Hafeez’s career.”
“He should know that he is not a youngster anymore and if he doesn’t perform then he won’t get many chances,” he said. Waqar said if Hafeez doesn’t go well as an opener in this series then we should try Sami Aslam.”
He said Pakistan will be facing many challenges in this series when it comes to British media, the pitches and the conditions there. He added that Mohammad Amir should not be distracted by what is going around him and focus on his cricket.
“Fingers will also be raised on Mohammad Amir but our focus should be on winning the series,” he said.
He said our cricketers got plentiful of time prior to the series to practice well. “Now if they (players) fail they cannot complain that they did not get enough time to prepare themselves for the series,” he said.
Waqar said Amir is a very good bowler and can do well in any pitch.
“Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali are good bowlers and can do well in the series depends on the conditions of pitches they are played on,” he said.