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R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

India Has An Advantage In WTC Final Due To Strong Spin Department, Says Rashid Latif

Rashid Latif, former Pakistan wicketkeeper believes India will have an advantage in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against the Kiwis because of their strong spin department.

The 52-year-old pointed out the all-around ability of quality Indian spinners like Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Their batting gives Virat Kohli an option to go in with five bowling options and enough depth with the bat.

Rashid Latif file image. (Photo: IANS)
Rashid Latif file image. (Photo: IANS)

Rashid Latif: New Zealand Will Struggle If Indian Spinners Extract Spin From the Wicket As Spinners Will Have A Role To Play At Southampton

Rashid Latif also feels that the pitch at Southampton has historically supported the spinners and that India might thrive in spin-friendly conditions. He believes New Zealand might struggle if they are unable to tackle the quality Indian spinners. In a video on the YouTube channel ‘My Master Cricket Coach’, Rashid Latif explained how conditions in Southampton might play into the hands of India.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP

“The huge advantage that India will have is their strong spin department. Both Jadeja and Ashwin have the ability to bat and are great spin bowlers. Spinners will have a role to play in Southampton. These spinners from both ends can make things difficult for New Zealand if they can extract a bit of spin from the wicket,” Latif stated.

Rashid Latif also shed light on how conditions could significantly affect the balance of power in the WTC final. New Zealand is already playing a two-match Test series against England and it would help them get acclimatized with conditions better. Ravichandran Ashwin has 409 scalps in 78 Tests and Ravindra Jadeja has 220 scalps in 51 Tests.

Rashid Latif: New Zealand Will Have The Advantage Since They Are Playing Already Against England And If There Is Cloud Covering

Moreover, Rashid Latif reckons if there is enough cloud covering, the conditions might be similar for the Kiwis back home and this could give their pacers the extra bit of edge to run through the Indian batting line-up.

“Both teams are strong, but New Zealand will have the advantage since they are playing already against England. Their batting also clicks well in such conditions. If there is a cloud covering in Southampton, New Zealand will have the advantage,” Latif concluded.

The New Zealand team thrashed India inside three days in two home Tests in early 2020, something that will give them confidence going into the final. The New Zealand pace bowling quartet of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson was crucial in them qualifying for the final as they won all their games at home in the WTC cycle defeating India, West Indies, and Pakistan 2-0 each. They will once again pose a massive challenge to Virat Kohli and other batsmen.

NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)

India and New Zealand qualified for the WTC final after finishing as the top-two teams in the inaugural edition which started after the ICC World Cup in August 2019. India won 12 out of the 17 Tests they played during this time period while New Zealand registered 7 victories out of 11.

Usually, considering they are fit, the Indian side has fielded the pace-bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah. In the last 11 Tests they have played together, this particular unit has been vastly successful, bagging 149 wickets.

Rashid Latif file image. (Photo: IANS)
Rashid Latif file image. (Photo: IANS)

Our Cricket Is On A Steady Decline: Rashid Latif

Rashid Latif, Pakistan’s former cricketer, in a Youtube video on Monday, claimed that ‘social media’ selections are hampering Pakistan cricket while the country’s steady decline continued in the world’s ranking.

The 52-year-old Rashid Latif pointed out various controversial selections while stating that winning on social media did not translate to real-life success on the ground.

Rashid Latif
Rashid Latif Screengrab: YouTube

Rashid Latif: Pakistan Have Won On Social Media But Team Has Gone To No. 7 Spot In World Rankings

White-ball vice-captain Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hafeez returned to the side after missing the South Africa series. Sharjeel Khan has made a comeback to the T20I squad four years after his 15th and last T20I match. Sharjeel Khan was the third-highest run-scorer in PSL with 200 runs to his name in 5 games at an astonishing strike-rate of 170.94. According to some experts, the batsman is not fit enough considering he weighs 112 kilos.

Imad Wasim PSL
Imad Wasim PSL. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“I had the chance to look at domestic cricket first-class matches. There was a bowler Irfan Ullah Shah from the KP side, he showed great movement on a flat Karachi track with the old ball. He couldn’t be part of the PSL either. All franchises have social media accounts of their own and they need to please all of them.”

“They have won on social media but our team has gone to the number seventh spot in the world rankings. We have to take this into account, we gain nothing from winning on social media. Everyone has kept their own people, players have their own people in the selection committee and the same goes for franchises. Our cricket is on a steady decline,” Rashid Latif said.

“I think Abdullah Shafique is a good player but it is too early. They gave a good run to Imran Butt. But we have to ask what Hussain Talat and Khushdil Shah did wrong. They went in to play such a lesser amount of deliveries and then got dropped. We feel there is a lot of likes and dislikes that are going around. The selection committee has five individuals and I think each brings in their own players. I have this doubt. Some might be from high-ranking officials in the PCB because we know all of them. We have been through this process,” Rashid Latif added.

Kamran Ghulam and Yasir Shah have been replaced by Shahnawaz Dahani and Zahid Mahmood. Imad Wasim failed to find a place in any of the squads announced for the tours. The spin-bowling all-rounder was overlooked for Mohammad Nawaz. Imad Wasim was also not a part of Pakistan’s T20I squad for the home series against South Africa last month.

Pakistan has dropped Abid Ali, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Zafar Gohar, Wahab Riaz, and Mohammad Musa in the ODIs from the Zimbabwe squad. Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has earned a recall for the upcoming series against the Proteas.

Along with him, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz, and Mohammad Wasim have been added to the ODI squad too. The Pakistan selectors have also dropped seven players from the T20I squad and have replaced them with five players.

Six players, including Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, and Imam-ul-Haq, from the recent New Zealand series, were axed as Pakistan’s new chief selector Muhammad Wasim on Friday announced a massively overhauled 20-member squad for the two-Test home series against South Africa.

Rashid Latif: Peshawar Zalmi’s Mohammad Imran Is Better  Than All Others And Couldn’t Create Hype

The former cricketer Rashid Latif believed Peshawar Zalmi’s Mohammad Imran would have been a better choice than most youngsters in the current squad but couldn’t make it into the side because he could not generate social media hype.

“This is an issue for the entire selection committee. Shadab Khan is a good player, we aren’t saying he isn’t. Whoever got selected, we think they are good. Then you have players like Abdullah Shafique, Shahnawaz Dhani, Wasim Jr, all these are new players. I however think Peshawar Zalmi’s Mohammad Imran had better returns than all of these new players.

“But he doesn’t ball above 140 kph and is more of a typical T20 bowler. He had many variations but bowled near 130 kph and couldn’t create hype for himself. Performance-wise however I think he had the best economic rate. He didn’t make it into the side,” Rashid Latif added.

Sharjeel Khan hasn't played for Pakistan since January 2017, during which he served a ban for his part in the PSL spot-fixing scandal  AFP via Getty Images
Sharjeel Khan. AFP via Getty Images

Sharjeel Khan’s PSL form has been rewarded with a recall to the national side for the first time in over four years, as he was included in Pakistan’s T20I squad for the tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe next month.

Shahnawaz Dhani, the Multan Sultans fast bowler who performed well during the PSL, was also called up for the Test series against Zimbabwe, with the chief selector saying that his performances during the tournament showed he could perform under pressure. Pakistan plays three ODIs and four T20Is against South Africa before moving to Zimbabwe, where they are scheduled to play two Test matches and three T20Is.

Rashid Latif
Rashid Latif. Credits: Facebook.

It Must Be A Nightmare For Virat Kohli To See India Bowled Out For 36: Rashid Latif

Rashid Latif, former Pakistan captain believes it might be the mindset with which the Indians went out to bat on Saturday in the 3rd day of 1st Day-Night Test which may have cost them the game.

Virat Kohli-led Indian team suffered a major batting collapse in the 2nd innings in Adelaide, getting all out for their lowest ever Test score of 36. The hosts then chasing 90 runs went on to pick up an easy eight-wicket win.

Rashid Latif
Rashid Latif. Twitter

Rashid Latif: There Are Days When Bowlers Hit Right Spot 100% Of The Time

India’s batting debacle against Australia on the third day of the pink-ball Test in Adelaide has become a major and a hot topic of discussion as a team which performed so well on the first two days of a Test rarely has faced such a disastrous outing on the 3rd day. India were leading by 62 runs on 2nd day by virtue of first innings lead but squandered the advantage to hand Australia the initiative. Several experts are still trying to figure out the reasons behind India’s disastrous outing with bat.

Rashid Latif recalled Pakistan’s 2002 Test against Australia in which Pakistan were bowled out for 59 and 53 against Australia at Sharjah. Legendary spinner Shane Warne had picked 8 wickets – 4 in each innings in the match to destroy Pakistan’s batting. Australia, led by Steve Waugh, had won the match by an innings and 198 runs. Rashid Latif said that there are days when bowlers tend to hit the right spot most of the times.

“These things happen; there are days when the bowlers just hit the right spot 100 percent of the time and the edges go straight to fielders. I think the collapse occurred because the Indian batsmen perhaps came out with a mindset to attack the bowling and dominate,” news agency PTI quoted Latif as saying

Josh Hazlewood.
Josh Hazlewood. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“But the pitch changed its behavior and I think on the first two days, it had some spongy bounce and was a bit slow, but then, the pitch had hardened up a bit and the ball skidded beautifully for the bowlers, which is why all the edges went into the fielders,” Latif added.

Josh Hazlewood picked 5 wickets while Pat Cummins picked 4 wickets as India registered their lowest ever Test score of 36. India were further dealt with another blow when pacer Mohammed Shami was ruled out from the remainder of Test series after suffering right-hand fracture while batting in second innings.

Rashid Latif: Virat Kohli Was Tempted To Chase Wide One To Get Rums On Board

The former Pakistan captain reasoned that captain Virat Kohli was tempted to chase a wide ball in the 2nd innings, after playing a sensible knock of 74 runs in the first innings.

“Virat Kohli played a very sensible knock in the first innings but the second time around, with wickets falling so quickly at the other end, even he was tempted to chase a wide one to get runs on the board. It must have been a nightmare for Kohli to see his team bowled out for just 36 runs,” Latif added.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

India and Australia will meet again at MCG in the Boxing Day Test and this time India will be without Virat Kohli who heads back home as he awaits the birth of the first child. Ajinkya Rahane will lead in his absence. India may bring 4 changes handing debuts to Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill while Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul will play Tests after a gap as injured Mohammed Shami, out of form Prithvi Shaw and Wriddhiman Saha, homebound Virat Kohli makes way for the quartet.

Babar Azam, Pakistan
Babar Azam (Image Credit: Google)

Babar Azam Must Become A Leader Like Virat Kohli: Rashid Latif

Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan skipper, is impressed that current Pakistan captain – Babar Azam is gradually transforming himself into a leader like Indian skipper Virat Kohli has done over the years.

Rashid Latif commented that for Babar Azam to be a successful skipper in all three formats, he would have to learn from his Indian counterpart how the latter handed responsibilities as a skipper.

Rashid Latif
Rashid Latif. Twitter

Rashid Latif: Babar Azam Has To Become A Leader Like Virat Kohli Than Just Being Captain Of Team

Virat Kohli, who is regarded as the best contemporary batsman currently in the world averaging over 50 across all three formats. He was handed over the Test captaincy in 2014. In early 2017, he became the limited-overs captain as well. In ODIs, he has the second-highest number of centuries and the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world.

“I think Babar has to become a leader like Virat rather than just being a captain of the team,” Rashid Latif told a Pakistani YouTube channel.

Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.

“Virat has developed into a leader and in cricket and sports, when you are made the captain, you have to become a leader,” Rashid Latif said.

“…and by that, I mean you have to be respected on and off the field. You have to stand up for your players and you have to take the hard and out of box decisions,” he said.

As skipper, Virat Kohli is India’s most successful test captain leading India to 33 test wins out of 55 test matches captained. In ODIs, his win percentage is 70.55 as, under him, India won 63 out of 92 matches he captained. In T20Is, he led India in 40 matches and India won 24 with a win percentage of 65.78.

Rashid Latif: Babar Azam Has The Makings Of A Good Leader For Exceptional Batting Talents

Babar Azam hasn’t led in tests and led Pakistan in 3 ODIs and 11 T20Is. In T20Is, Pakistan won 6 matches under him. In ODIs, Pakistan lost 1 and won 2. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced in November that Babar Azam would replace the under-pressure Azhar Ali as Test captain in the two-match forthcoming series in New Zealand.

Azhar Ali was criticized following Pakistan’s three-wicket defeat in England in August 2020, losing the three-match series 1-0. PCB said Babar Azam would be the three-format skipper after assuming the Twenty20 role last year and one-day captaincy in May 2020.

“You look at Virat today and he is a complete leader and his own stature as a batsman has also helped a lot. But you can see in the attitude of the Indian team and their selection, Virat has his say in everything,” he added.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Credits: Twitter)

“I think Babar is also on the right path and I felt he had his input in the squad selected for the New Zealand tour. I think Babar because of his exceptional batting talents has the makings of a good leader.

“He may seem meek and an introvert but he is mentally very strong and has game awareness and you can see this in his batting,” Rashid Latif stated.

Babar Azam debuted in 2015 and the 26-year-old averages 45.45 in tests, 55.93 in ODIs and 50.93 in T20Is. Babar Azam has scored 17 international centuries, 5 in Test matches and 12 in One Day Internationals.

Rashid Latif commented that Babar Azam has the makings to become a good leader as he has game awareness which reflects in his batting.

MS Dhoni, Rashid Latif
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rashid Latif Got A Unique Introduction Of MS Dhoni

Former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif, who boldly keeps his views on his YouTube Channel, recalled the story when  Tanvir Ahmed, former pacer, introduced MS Dhoni to him.

The incident which Rashid Latif has narrated, in the recent interaction, seems to be after MS Dhoni’s scored his maiden ODI century against Pakistan in 2004. Against the likes of Shahid Afridi and other lethal pacers, the young Dhoni played huge shots like an experienced player. He scored 148 off 123 balls, striking 15 boundaries and four maximums, against the Green Army in the second ODI match of the six-match series in 2004.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

In his YouTube channel, Latif narrated that former fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed introduced Dhoni saying ‘a player has come who will make people forget about Sachin Tendulkar’. Then, the veteran had not believed Tanvir’s word but he now agrees with his countryman’s statement.

“I remember I spoke to Tanvir Ahmed who had gone to the tour to Kenya in 2004. I was in England at the time. I spoke to him on phone,” Latif recalled in the latest episode of his YouTube show ‘Caught Behind’.

“Tanvir told me that Rashid bhai, a player has come who will make people forget about Sachin Tendulkar. I said ‘that is not possible. Sachin is Sachin, how can you get a player like this’. But Dhoni came quite close to Sachin in his career in terms of brand value,” Latif said.

MS Dhoni retired from international cricket:

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Credits: Twitter)

MS Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket is hard to be matched. Probably, India would never find a captain cool, an astute wicketkeeper and the best finisher like Dhoni again. The World Cup winner retired from the international cricket on 15th August.

Through an Instagram post, MS Dhoni informed his fans about his decision which broke the heart of Indians. Dhoni has led India to three ICC tournament victories- World Cup 2011, T20 World Cup 2007 and Champions Trophy 2013.

Mohammad Hafeez,
Mohammad Hafeez. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rashid Latif Feels Mohammad Hafeez Is Ideal For Captaincy

Rashid Latif,who is a former Pakistan captain believes Mohammad Hafeez should have been the ideal choice as Pakistan captain after Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked last year as skipper from all formats. Pakistan lost the second T20I against England by five wickets in Manchester on Sunday.

Babar Azam who is the skipper in limited-overs format has been criticized for his captaincy by several experts and former cricketers after Pakistan’s poor show. Ex-Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes Babar Azam should not have been appointed as captain after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s sacking.

Rashid Latif, Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018
Rashid Latif, Pakistan
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Mohammad Hafeez Should Have Been Captain: Rashid Latif

Babar Azam averages more than 50 in both ODIs and T20Is but has played only 74 one-dayers and 40 T20Is compared to Mohammad Hafeez who has played 228 ODIs and 93 T20Is although he averages less than 35 with the bat. In T20Is he also have picked up 54 wickets averaging 22.7.

Sarfaraz Ahmed is currently part of their squad on the ongoing tour of England but has not featured in a single game. Rashid Latif said Mohammad Hafeez, who has experience in his favour having played for Pakistan for more than 15 years, should have been handed over captaincy duty.

Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmed. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Hafeez should have been appointed captain after Sarfaraz was sacked as captain. Two different captains came in for different formats.

“Even though Azhar and Babar are world-class players but they have not proved themselves as captain. It is tough for Babar and even for Azhar,” Latif said on his YouTube channel Caught Behind.

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes PCB wrongly handed over the limited-overs captaincy to Babar Azam and Test captaincy to Azhar Ali after sacking Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain from all formats last year after failure in 2019 World Cup. Sarfaraz Ahmed is their most successful T20I captain having won 29 matches out of 37.

Mohammad Hafeez Should Have Been Also Utilized As A Bowler

Mohammad Hafeez has previously captained Pakistan in T20Is between 2012 to 2014. He led Pakistan in 29 T20Is, winning 18 while losing 11 matches. He had stepped down from captaincy after Pakistan failed in T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2014. He continues to be a key member of the Pakistan batting line-up despite critics questioning his place.

Babar Azam, Pakistan
Babar Azam. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The veteran all-rounder slammed a quickfire knock of 36-ball 69 in the second T20I against England on Sunday but his efforts went in vain as Pakistan failed to defend the mammoth total of 195 runs.

While Rashid Latif questioned Babar Azam’s credentials as a skipper, he also expressed surprise that he failed to utilize Mohammad Hafeez as a bowler in the first two T20Is of the ongoing series. Pakistan are currently 1-0 down in the three-match T20I series after the first game was abandoned due to rain.


Rashid Latif, Shoaib Akhtar Criticise Pakistan Management’s Decision To Let Sarfaraz Ahmed Perform 12th-Man Duties

Former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was seen getting drinks and shoes to the field, to which Rashid Latif and Shoaib Akhtar bashed the Pakistani management. The former Pakistani cricketers believe that it is a sheer disrespect for the former captain — to perform the duties of the twelfth man.

Sarfaraz Ahmed was seen carrying drinks and shoes for Shadab Khan during the 71st over of Day 2. Pakistan are touring England in their first tournament post lockdown. A three-match Test series is being played between the teams with the first match being played at Manchester.

Former Pakistani wicket-keeper Rashid Latifi also questioned other players from the 16-member squad who were not a part of the playing eleven, like Mohammed Amir and Wahab Riaz were sitting in their tracksuits without wearing their cricket kits.

Rashid Latif
Rashid Latif. Twitter

Shoaib Akhtar Calls Sarfaraz Ahmed A Weak And Docile Man

Sarfaraz Ahmed, who lost his captaincy after the World Cup 2019, is highly respected for leading his team to win the Champions Trophy in 2017 beating their arch-rivals India.

The scenes at Manchester were not taken well by the former Pakistani cricketers and fans. Former Pakistani player called out the management for not giving enough respect to a player of huge stature in the team.

I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You have made him carry the shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me.”

Shoaib akhtar, PCB, Sourav Ganguly, BCCI, pakistan national cricket team, mohammad yousuf, yousuf,
Shoaib Akhtar. Photo Credit: Twitter.

“This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have lead Pakistan in the same way as he carried the shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that.”

He Carried The Drinks Because The Other Spare Players Were Practising In The Nets: Coach Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistani head coach Misbah-ul-Haq tried to clear the air, as he defended the management saying Sarfaraz willingly did it as the other spare players were busy practising in the nets. Misbah-ul-Haq also praised Sarfaraz Ahmed for his kind gesture and not mind doing it.

“Sarfaraz is an excellent human being and player. He knows that it is a team game. When other players are practicising outside, so the player who is available has to help out. It is not a matter of disrespect. In fact, it is big of Sarfaraz that he doesn’t mind doing it. Plus, it is a sign of a good team.” said Misbah-ul-Haq

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Test captain
Getty Images.

Pakistan lead with 233 runs at the end of day 3, into their second inning scoring 137/8. England were all out for 219 in their chase. Shan Masood struck his Test-best of 156 contributing to Pakistan’s 326- all out for the first innings.

Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (Photo: @shoaib100mph)
Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (Photo: @shoaib100mph)

Shoaib Akhtar Unhappy On Seeing Former Pakistan Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed Made To Carry Shoes In Manchester

Shoaib Akhtar was clearly unhappy as Lahore-born former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed carried shoes and drinks in the break. Pakistan team management has been blamed by former Pakistan international cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latif after former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed performed duties of a twelfth man on the second day of the first Test against England in Manchester.

However, Sarfaraz Ahmed was smiling despite being the 12th man and was even seen carrying shoes in middle after the fall of the wicket of his replacement Mohammad Rizwan in the 71st over of Pakistan’s 1st innings. The Champions trophy-winning captain also carried drinks for his teammates who were bowled out by the hosts England on the second day at Old Trafford.

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)

Shoaib Akhtar: You can’t do this to Sarfaraz Ahmed:

Former Pakistan cricketers, fans, and commentators did not like it and blamed Pakistan team management for disrespecting the Karachi-born Sarfaraz Ahmed. Shoaib Akhtar especially disliked the visuals and pointed out that it was wrong if there was an attempt to mock Sarfaraz Ahmed and the former captain cannot carry shoes and drinks to the field.

Sarfaraz Ahmed , Reuters
Sarfaraz Ahmed , Reuters

Shoaib Akhtar also went a step forward and called Sarfaraz Ahmed docile and weak and blamed him for leading Pakistan in the same timid manner.

“I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You have made him carry the shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me,” Shoaib Akhtar said.

“This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have lead Pakistan in the same way as he carried the shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” Shoaib Akhtar added.

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif also did not appreciate the Pakistan team management and even questioned their team spirit by noting that Wahab Riaz and Md. Amir did not wear the proper kit, instead moved around in tracksuits. He, however, mentioned Sarfaraz’s greatness.

“Senior players like Amir and Wahab who are also sitting out, are not even in their kits. They are wearing tracksuits. This is not team spirit, but this greatness of Sarfaraz because he is passionate about the game. This should not have happened,” Rashid Latif stated.

According to Misbah, there was no shame in carrying drinks for teammates:

Head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq said that these discussions only happen in Pakistan and there was nothing to be ashamed of to carry drinks for teammates by the reserve players.

Misbah also called Sarfaraz an excellent player and good human being besides pointing that three of the non-playing members of the 16 man squad were practicing at the nets and only Sarfaraz was available at that instance.

“This type of discussion can only happen in Pakistan. I also performed the duties of a 12th man, when I was captain and was sitting out in a match against Australia. There is no shame in doing that,” Misbah maintained.

Shoaib Akhtar takes a dig at Misbah-ul-Haq's appointment
Shoaib Akhtar takes a dig at Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Sarfaraz is an excellent human being and player. He knows that it is a team game. When other players are practising outside, so the available player has to help out. It is not a matter of disrespect. In fact, it is big of Sarfaraz that he doesn’t mind doing it. Plus, it is a sign of a good team,” Misbah said at the end of days play.

Former Pakistan players were at a receiving end, but the Pakistan team was happily sitting on top in the Test match following brilliant performances by batsman Shan Masood and pacers; Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi.

MS Dhoni Combined Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly's Quality To Form Match-Winning Team: Rashid Latif
Rashid Latif. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rashid Latif Names Saeed Anwar As Best Pakistan Batsman Of All Time

Former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif, who has played in 166 ODIs and 37 Tests, has named Saeed Anwar as Pakistan’s greatest batsman of all the time. Saeed has dedicated over 15 years of his life to international cricket and held several record batting records.

Saeed Anwar found immense success in the 50-over format. He played in 247 ODIs, where he scored 8824 runs, including 20 centuries and 43 half-centuries. He also featured in 55 Test matches, accumulated 4,052 runs, which included 11 hundreds and 25 fifties, at an average of 45.52.

The southpaw also held the highest individual ODI score (194) before Sachin Tendulkar broke the record after registering double hundred against South Africa in 2010.

saeed Anwar, Rashid Latif
Saeed Anwar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

For the best Pakistani cricketer, Rashid Latif selected Saeed Anwar among Javed Miandad, Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas and Younis Khan in a Twitter question.

Anwar participated in three cricket World Cups and captained Pakistan in seven Tests and 11 ODIs. In the World Cup 2003, he was the highest scorer for his side. The opening-batsman announced his retirement from international cricket after the tournament.

Rashid Latif also praised Babar Azam:

Babar Azam, Pakistan national cricket team, Babar Azam, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin
Babar Azam. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, Rashid Latif also heaped praised the current Pakistan ODI and T20I captain Babar Azam. He rated Babar above former great Pakistan cricketers like Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis and Javed Miandad. He labelled the 25-year-old Babar as the most incredible cricketer.

Currently, the Pakistan team is in England to play the three-match Test and T20I series amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Test series will start from 5 August in Manchester while the T20I series will begin on 28th August. Notably, This will become Pakistan’s first tour since the outbreak of the virus.

The Green Army is in Derby and has been practicing for the upcoming challenge. They will move to Manchester on August 1 before the Test series.

Babar Azam. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rashid Latif Rates Babar Azam Above Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis And Other Pakistan Greats

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif, who has played 37 Tests and 166 ODIs, has highly rated Pakistan’s current ODI and T20I captain Babar Azam. He sees flamboyant batsman above Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad and many other great cricketers of his country. 

Babar Azam, who burst into international scenes in 2015. Within five years of his career, he has reached the top and is counted among the best players of the modern era. He is now and then compared with the fab four — Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson — though he is least experienced as them. 

Babar Azam is the most incredible: Rashid Latif

Rashid Latif, Babar Azam, Pakistan national cricket team
Rashid Latif. Image Credit: Twitter

Rashid Latif, who has scored over 3000 runs, has played with several prolific Pakistani players but he finds Babar Azam apart from them. 

“During my career, I met many great players. Bowlers like Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib (Akhtar), Saqlain (Mushtaq) and Mushtaq (Ahmed) and batsmen like Miandad,Inzi (Inzamam-ul-Haq), (Mohammad) Yousuf, Saeed (Anwar) and Younis but Babar Azam is the most incredible of them all,” Latif said during a debate on Twitter as quoted by Geo Super.

Babar Azam is the No. 1 T20I batsman in the ICC ranking while he is top 3 in ODI ranking. In Tests, he is among Top 10 players just behind Kane Willamson. So far, he has played 26 Tests, 74 ODIs and 38 T20Is, scoring 1850, 3359 and 1471 runs respectively. 

Babar Azam ready to play against England: 

Rashid Latif Rates Babar Azam Above Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis And Other Pakistan Greats 1
Babar Azam. Credits: Twitter

Currently, the 25-year-old Babar is with the team in England to play the three-match Test and T20I series. The first Test will be played in Manchester, starting from 5 August. The T20I series will begin on 28 August. 

Pakistan had already reached England to follow the safety protocols. They were under 14 days quarantine period and are training in Derby. The Green Army will travel to Manchester on August 1 before the start of the Test series.

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