Former Pakistan Test captain Salim Malik feels that Pakistan will struggle to do well when they tour England later this month. The team is scheduled to play four Test matches and five ODIs during this period.
The former cricketer said that Pakistan’s lack of practice on good bowling pitches will hurt them. And one can say that Mlik’s concern is absolutely right as the Pakistani team has recently played almost most of their matches on the flat pitches of UAE.
“Asian teams always struggle in English conditions and pitches; and the problem with Pakistan is for the last few years, it has been mostly playing in the UAE on flat pitches where the ball does not seam nor swings much nor does it spin much,” Malik said.
“That is why I think our players will struggle there to adjust to the conditions,” Malik said.
Malik, who had an impressive batting record playing in England with three Test centuries and five big half centuries, said that due to playing on flat pitches Pakistani batsmen would have become used to committing themselves on the front foot very early which might bring their downfall in the English conditions.
“On pitches with some movement this will be a death trap for our batsmen who commit early and are caught in no man’s land as the English bowlers pick up the channel very early on.
In England, to succeed you have to play as late as possible,” Malik said.
Malik, who had good success as a captain with the national team, warned that the recent defensive approach of Pakistan will not work for them in England.
“It is like in the early 80’s when a draw was the first option for the team. That thinking will not work in England and I can tell you from experience England will have more helpful pitches ready for Pakistan compared to the ones they used in the Tests against Sri Lanka.”
Well Malik is not the first high profile cricketer to express his concern over the team’s chances in England as earlier, Muhammad Yousuf also expressed his concern regarding the team’s chances on the upcoming tour.
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