Thursday May 16, 2019
KARACHI: Former Pakistani Test cricketer Kabir Khan has said that Pakistan team can’t be written off in the World Cup and it has the capacity to give surprises to opponents.
Speaking to Geo.tv here, Kabir said that a lot of people feel that Pakistan team is not in good shape, but that’s not the case.
In fact, according to him, the team is doing well.
“Team’s overall shape isn’t too bad. People feel that team isn’t good, but I tell you that team can do good. Our batting is in good shape, just need to improve fielding and bowling. If we continue batting like this then we will have a very good chance in the World Cup,” said the former bowler, who has played four Tests and ten ODIs for Pakistan.
Speaking about batting, he said Pakistan’s top order will have an important role to play in world cup as there’re chances of some high scoring games in the mega-event.
“Top order’s role is very important in big scoring matches, they’ll have to give the platform and middle order will have to finish. Batsmen at 7th and 6th will also have an important role in such circumstances,”
He added that Faheem was never an extra-ordinary all-rounder, but he has the capacity to give results.
“All Faheem needs is confidence from team management,” Kabir said.
He expressed confidence in leadership skills of Sarfaraz Ahmed and added that there is no need for him to play up in the order as top order is doing good.
“Top order is scoring runs and looks good in form, so no need for Sarfaraz to come up in the order. He is okay with middle order. His cricketing mind is very good, let him play anchor role in building innings, he can score quick runs between the wicket which can be very helpful,” he added.
Kabir also agreed that Aamir, if health allows him, should be included in team due to his experience as he can put pressure on opponents.
Speaking of Ramzan Cricket, in which he’s coaching SSGC team, the former medium pacer said it’s a good competitive cricket where coaches and PSL franchises have a good opportunity to spot new talent.
“Matches are being televised which gives opportunity to coaches and franchises to find new talent. Overall, it’s a good package,” he said.
“It’s my first time to be at Ramzan tournaments, I couldn’t play even in my playing days but now enjoying my time here as a coach.”