Pakistan to miss specialist spinner in World T20

KARACHI: Legendary Test all-rounder Nasim-ul-Ghani believed that Pakistan would be missing a specialist spinner in ICC World Twenty20 Cricket Championship keeping in view the sub-continent conditions.

“We got four batting spinners. But none of the specialist has been inducted in the team which is surprising,” he said.

He said selectors have picked same kind of left arm spin all-rounders in Imad Wasim and rookie Muhammad Nawaz while Shahid Afridi is leg-spinner and Shoaib Malik is also batting off-spinner.

He said all participating have the services of some spinners in the line-up with Indian in front thanks to brilliant show by Ravichandran Ashwin and Revindra Jadeja.

“It was duty of Afridi to lead the team from the front while twilight of his career,” he said

Nasim-ul-Ghani said teams like Australia and New Zealand drawn in Pakistan pool are having traditional weakness against quality spinners.

“Some of the Australian and New Zealanders may improved by playing in IPL. But quality spinner can still pose a threat to their batsmen,” Nasim, who made his debut at age of 16 against West Indies at Bridgetown in which Hanif Muhammad made a historic 337, commented.

He said pace quartet in Muhammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Sami picked for the event in addition to Anwar Ali would not be as affective as they were in Dhaka on batting tracks of India.

“In this case scenario quality spinner would have been affective and handy,” he said.

He said after problems with top spinners like Saeed Ajmal and Yasir Shah, Pakistan badly needed a specialist spinner.

Nasim said in worst case scenario left arm young Muhammad Asghar or Zulfiqar Babar would be good choice.

However, he said it would be stiff challenge for Shahid Afridi’s team to reach the last four grade until great transformation in their batting.

“The way our batsmen played in Asia Cup it was disappointing and depressing,” he said.

He said Pakistan top batting order must perform otherwise it will be repeat story.

However he said there will be better opportunity for batsmen to excel because of batting tracks as compared to pitches at Shera Bangla Stadium.

He said Pakistan must stick same batting order and changes may harm their performances.

Nasim said southpaw Sharjeel Khan is good. But raw talent should understand value of his wickets and strokes.

He was of the view that Sarfraz Ahmed performance up front would benefit the team.

Nasim said experienced Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez must come up expectations of the nations for at least reaching the knock- out rounds.