Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah thinks that having Mushtaq Ahmed as a regular spin-bowling coach instead of a consultant will be a plus point for the team.
“If Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can take work from him [Mushtaq] in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) then why not as a regular coach. I think it is their decision but his presence with us regularly will help us,” he said while talking in an open media session at a local hotel on Monday ahead of second and last Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Karachi.
“There is no doubt that bowling coach Waqar Younis worked with me a lot. He knows the game well but as far as Mushtaq is concerned, as a spinner himself, knows things better,” Yasir added.
The leggie shared his time with Mushtaq when he was sent to NCA during the first Test in Rawalpindi. “Mushtaq worked with me. We mostly did indoor practice for three days, it was overall an opportunity to grab quickly,” he said.
On the other hand, Left-arm young pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi admits that bowling in Test cricket is difficult because they don’t often play Test cricket. He also rejected the claims against him of not bowling according to team management’s plan.
“We are not machines. Everyone makes mistakes but to say that I don’t execute the plans given by team management is wrong. I always try to play according to the plan and I think the lack of Test cricket cause problems,” he said.
Being a frontline pacer in the Test team, Afridi didn’t feel pressure and tries to take every challenge as an opportunity. “I don’t think there is any sort of pressure on me. I try to bowl on my line and lengths and I think other bowlers including Abbas, Shinwari are also experienced enough to help me,” he added.
The 16-year-old Naseem Shah, a new entrant in Pakistan’s Test team, highlighted the importance of playing U19 cricket to make an entrance in the senior’s team.
“U19 cricket is essential for a bowler’s growth. If you perform there, you get a place in the senior team,” said Shah, who has been named in Pakistan’s U19 sqaud for next month’s U19 World Cup.
While sharing his experience of working with Waqar, Shah said that the former pacer is one of those who he admires the most and having him around gives him immense opportunities to learn and grow.
“So far, working with Waqar has been a great experience for me. I think it is good exposure and I try to learn his techniques as soon as possible,” he highlighted.
It must be noted here that Pakistan and Sri Lanka have arrived in Karachi for the final Test which will commence from December 19 at National Stadium.