Last Update on: January 1st, 2023 at 01:46 pm
Veteran keeper-batter Kamran Akmal thinks Pakistan must adopt a different strategy if they want to play better Test cricket.
Akmal criticized the fields used for the team’s most recent home Test matches and proposed that they construct tracks with opportunities for the bowlers.
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He suggested that considering the hosts’ potent fast bowling assault, Babar Azam and company play the second Test against New Zealand on a grassy surface. On Friday, December 30, Akmal said on his YouTube channel:
“Considering the pitches that we have been creating, Pakistan’s approach in Test cricket has been quite negative. While we have employed batting-friendly grounds in their last seven home Tests, it is also crucial to instill confidence in our spinners.”
“How are you going to take 20 wickets if your spinners bowl so many overs? Because our pacers are faster than New Zealand’s fast bowlers, we might consider playing on grassy pitches” Kamran Akmal added.
“New Zealand played a lot better than Pakistan”: Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal emphasized how the away team was able to outperform the host squad in the game. He added that Kane Williamson played superbly against the spinners while praising him for his unbeaten 200-run knock in the first innings.
“New Zealand performed far better than Pakistan. They were playing on a difficult pitch under difficult conditions. They were still able to dominate. Kane Williamson is a tremendous player, and he demonstrated it yet again. Countering spinners on such a track is an art form, and he excelled at it. New Zealand dominated us,” Kamran Akmal said.
Notably, Babar Azam’s team did not win a single Test at home this year. They will next be seen in action against New Zealand in the series’ second and final Test. On Monday, January 2, the match will begin at Karachi’s National Stadium.