Salman, Asif also deserve a second chance: Aamir Sohail

ISLAMABAD: Former captain Aamir Sohail feels Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif also deserve a second chance saying you cannot have two sets of rules for players when it comes to allowing them back into the national squad.

Aamir said Pakistan does not have decent opening batsmen. “We do not have a line of opening batsmen in all three formats of the game who are comfortable with the demands of international cricket which is being played at an aggressive pace,” quoted him as saying.

Aamir said you need to have players who are regular openers and not makeshift ones. “Therefore Salman has a very good chance and he deserves to make a comeback too,”

Aamir further said that Asif’s main strength was the ability to swing the ball and pick wickets in that way. “Asif never had a lot of pace and his style of bowling does not require extreme speed. What remains to be seen is whether he is still effective in the swing and seam department or not,” he said.

Aamir said neither Jimmy Anderson nor Stuart Broad are known for express deliveries so Asif may well have a lot to offer to Pakistan cricket and should not be ignored.

Speaking about the ongoing New Zealand series, Aamir said the outcomes and lessons learnt from this series will be vital for both teams as they look ahead to the upcoming World T20 in India. “If you see New Zealand’s approach, it shows they are challenging themselves by bowling first and using two spinners”.

He said Pakistan were badly exposed in the second game (T20) and it would appear that New Zealand have the momentum going into the third and final game.

Talking about the T20 World Cup, Aamir said the problem is that whenever a tour finishes, we do not evaluate or rate the players in terms of their skills or technique.

“If you are a skilled batsman and are feeling tired after scoring sixty runs with a good technique, then one can understand that you need to improve fitness or if you are bowler who is struggling after bowling ten wicket taking overs then one can see how you need to work on your physical aspect.”