Batting consistency can guide Pakistan to series win: Zaheer Abbas

KARACHI: Another consistent batting display by Pakistan can guide them to 2-0 triumph over Protease, former captain Zaheer Abbas said on Monday.

“We got edge over South Africa in spin bowling department and it was our batting which backed them to win the first Test in Abu Dhabi,” Zaheer Abbas, who had been inducted as member of Interim

Management Committee of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said. “It was our batting which was causing trouble. If our batsman maintained consistency, they are capable of toppling world number one Protease once more,” he added.

He said complimented opener Khurram Manzoor and debutant Shan Masood and captain Misbah-ul-Haq outstanding batting which helped Pakistan to cross 400 mark to their opponent under pressure.

“Misbah was doing as a batsman and support from khurram and Shan changed the fortunes of the team,” 66-year-old Zaheer, who is the only player from Pakistan to have scored 108 centuries in the first class cricket, remarked.

However he warned Pakistan team to ready for South Africa’s strong comeback.

“Protease are very fighting unit and Pakistan players must be ready for their strong comeback,” he said. He also praised for fine bowling spinners duo of Saeed Ajmal and Zulfiqar and pacer Muhammad Irfan and Junaid Khan.

To a question about changes in the team, he said he would like to see Pakistan fielding an unchange team.

He said one-down-batsman Azhar Ali has not done well in the last five innings but should be retain in the team.

“Misbah must boost the confidence of Azhar because he is talent player,” he maintained.

He said there are chances that Hashim Amla may miss the second Test starting in Dubai on Wednesday. “That may a good news for bowlers,”.

Commenting on his role as Member PCB Committee, he said he will be playing his pro-active role to streamline its working.

“Whatever experience, I have gained as player, captain and as an administrator in PIA Sports Division will used to improve cricket set-up of the country,” he said.

He said he spoken to Chairman PCB Interim Committee Najam Sethi on telephone and so far had no face to face discussion.

“I will be conveying my expertise during the meeting as as soon it called,” Zaheer Abbas, who had played 78 Test and 62 ODI for Pakistan between 1969 and 1985, concluded.