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Whenever you hear the name of the Pakistan cricket team, the first thing that pop-up in your mind is their strong bowling line up. Pakistan has produced some best pacers Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram, and Shahid Afridi. They have given extensive success at every stage. However, Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan believes that his country now lacks in producing the best fast bowlers. He also gave detailed reasons behind the same.
Junaid Khan, who last played for Pakistan in May 2019, has pointed the fault of selectors in the decline of the Green army’s bowling line up. According to him, the experienced bowlers are replaced with the youngsters as soon as the newbies show any promise in domestic cricket.
There are a few reasons for the issues we have with the newer bowlers and foremost is their lack of experience to help them get through the initial phases of their career. This happens because the moment a youngster shows any promise, the selectors push away experienced bowlers in the false hope that they have found new stars,” Junaid Khan said to PakPassion.net .
Another issue is the promotion of youngsters: Junaid Khan
As per Junaid, when youngsters are fast-tracked to international cricket, they get overconfident and start believing that they have learned all the skills. He advised that they should get adequate first-class experience before performing at international stages. This would help them to get better knowledge about the game.
“Understandably, youngsters become overconfident and start believing that they know whatever is needed to succeed and stop learning which is the beginning of the end for them. The other issue with the promotion of youngsters to the national side too quickly is that they seem to be fine when they are performing well and taking wickets, but the problems come when they are out of form,” he added.
Without the experience of First-class cricket to bank upon which they could have drawn upon to lift themselves in tough times, they feel lost and that leads to their demise. We have youngsters in the Pakistan side who haven’t even played 50 First-class games and it’s understandable that such players fall by the wayside when confronted with a loss of form.”
Furthermore, Junaid Khan informed that he was working hard to make a comeback in the team. The 30-year-old has not left hopes to again don the green jersey. As of now, he has represented Pakistan in 22 Tests, and 76 ODIs. He was also the part of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 triumph.