Aqib Javed, the ex-speedster of Pakistan, does not believe in Pakistan’s pace and thinks the side will have to struggle in front of talented England’s batsmen.
After ICC have banned the usage of saliva, according to Aqib, the players will be suffering in the re-ball cricket as the fast bowlers heavily rely upon the reverse swing
However, he has somehow preferred Shaheen Shah Afridi’s experience over Naseem Shah. Aqib also adds up that the quality of Men in Green’s pace is inexperience and lacks quality.
Aqib Javed: Pakistan are still playing the game in an old-fashioned way
“If we look at the Pakistan pace attack, it lacks experience and a bit of quality. Abbas is an experienced bowler but he has lost pace and it will affect his performance,” said Javed.
“Also, after the ban of saliva, most Pakistan fast bowlers will struggle as they mostly rely on the reverse swing and take wickets with the old ball. Shaheen Shah Afridi is a rising fast bowler and he can do well but the highly-rated Naseem Shah lacks experience and this series will be a big test for the young pacer,” he added.
“Their batsmen not only score big but also at a rapid pace and that is where Pakistan will lack as we are still playing the game in an old fashioned way,” Javed said.
Talking about the red-ball cricket’s overs and run-scoring in the mean duration, Aqib estimated the Three Lions will kick off with a terrific start and smash outplaying Pakistan.
“If Pakistan manage to play 125 overs we still may not score enough runs as compared to England who can smash a huge score in as many overs and can outplay the opposition after that,” he added.