PAK vs SL 2017: No Margin of Error for Pakistan Pace Battery – Abdul Razzaq
Pakistan former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq believes Pakistan has to bear the brunt of overusing injured Mohammad Amir, who got eventually ruled out of the upcoming five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The 25-year-old Amir limped off the ground during the second day of the ongoing second and final Test in Dubai, before the MRI scan revealed the stress-related issue in his right shin, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) press release.
“Amir has been bowling in all three formats since he came back. His injury surely has something to do with him being overused,” Razzaq was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.
The injury-hit Pakistan further left skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in a dilemma with a pace spearhead down while nursing the injury which he picked while bowling on the very first day of the Dubai Test. Before limping of Amir sent down just three overs, as he held his leg while writhing in pain.
With Amir being advised to rest for at least three weeks, Razzaq believes it might take a toll on other fast bowlers during the ongoing Test in which Pakistan is struggling.
“This really puts added pressure on the other three pacers since now there is almost no margin of error,” Razzaq maintained.
The Punjab-born bowler since making the return to top-flight cricket in national fold against New Zealand in January 2016 featured in domestic fixtures which included an English County season in the United Kingdom.
However, Amir, who picked a solitary wicket in three innings, seemed to have lost the fizz in him which further saw him struggling in the ongoing series even after giving his cent percent with the red-ball in recently concluded Abu Dhabi Test.
The prominent figure with the ball, Amir, will be replaced by left-arm 23-year-old Usman Shinwari in the 50-over format, who has had donned Pakistan colours while featuring in four Twenty20 internationals with just a wicket to his name.
“He has a lot of potential and he is passionate about the game. [After injury] he has worked hard on his bowling and is once again a very good bowler,” Razzaq added.
Razzaq, who himself represented Pakistan in 265 ODIs, 46 Tests and 32 T20Is urged the Champion Trophy hero Hasan Ali to shoulder the responsibility after Amir’s untimely exit left a void in the set-up as of now.
“Hasan [Ali] will have the most expectations on him to fill the gap left behind by Amir, but Rumman [Raees and Junaid also have impressive ODI stats,” Razzaq concluded.
Amir has so far represented in 36 ODIs, 31 T20Is and 30 Tests for Pakistan. He has bagged 184 wickets across formats.
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