Former Pakistan opener Salman Butt has questioned Pakistan’s negative strategies to field their best playing XI instead of presenting opportunities to everyone in the squad. The warm-up games have been very entertaining so far as the teams have been able to assess their own squads, and the drawbacks have been worked on too.
India and South Africa have been the two sides that have emerged victorious in both their warm-up games, while Pakistan has won one and lost one game. But the problem has been Pakistan’s defensive strategy in the warm-up games of not using their full squad, and not many experts were happy with their approach.
Salman Butt Credits India For Using The Warm-Up Games At It’s Best
Salman Butt mentioned that India has used the warm-up games to their advantage by giving opportunity and game time to everyone in the squad and added that India has done it despite the players having played the IPL. He was impressed with India’s strategy to use the warm-up fixtures to its full advantage.
“India have utilized these warmup matches well… they’ve given game time to everyone despite the fact that they’ve all played the IPL. If they had not done this and had played with their playing XI, even then, we could have argued that ‘They haven’t played together as a team so are doing it now’,” Salman Butt told on his Youtube Channel.
Salman Butt Questions Pakistan’s Strategy
Salman Butt wasn’t particularly impressed by Pakistan’s strategy of fielding their best playing XI for both the warm-up games, and he condemned the thoughts to be very insecure. He explained that Pakistan should not worry about batsmen outside the playing XI fighting for a spot in the playing XI and instead should try using all the players in the warm-up games.
“But even they didn’t do it. I don’t know what insecurity we have that ‘someone else should not make runs in that position or someone else should not get that opportunity’. For God’s sake, you are the captain, you have to use your players, where will you do that?” he added.
Pakistan will play their first game in the Super 12 stages against India on Sunday.