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Graeme Smith named the player who can win games for Pakistan in World Cup

Former South Africa Cricket team skipper Graeme Smith has hailed Pakistan Cricket Team and has asked them to take some big steps to perform well in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Smith said that Pakistan need to have couple of big hitters in their playing XI because their bowlers can’t restrict opposition to less than 200 runs in every match.

“If Pakistan Cricket team wants to perform well in the World Cup, they need to have couple of big hitters in their lower order who can score 30-40 quick runs against top quality bowlers. Your bowlers regardless how good they are can’t restrict opposition to less than 200 runs in every match,” said Graeme Smith.

He said that, Currently Pakistan have too many one dimensional batsman who score at a strike rate between 70 to 80 which is way below in comparison to top sides like India, England and New Zealand.

Players like Shadab, Sarfraz, Malik can be good if they are required to score at 6-7 runs per over but they won’t win you games when they are asked to score 10-11 runs per over, he added.

Former South Africa Cricket team skipper Graeme Smith also hailed Pakistani hard hitting batsman Umar Akmal.

“I don’t know where Umar Akmal went but he is certainly someone who can win you games in the World Cup,” said Smith.

“I was surprised when Pakistan dropped Asif Ali for the ODI series on the basis of his UAE performance,” said Smith.

He played well in Mzansi Super League and usually plays fast bowling very well. He can be utilized in the lower order along with Hafeez who is a very good timer and can hit boundaries at will.

Graeme Smith hailed young fast bowler from Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi saying that he has a lot of talent and skill.

Meanwhile, Afridi grabbed eyeballs during the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand last year. The tall and lanky pacer was express fast and bowled a tight line and length. He finished the tournament with 12 wickets and ICC named him as the rising star of the team. Since then, Shaheen Afridi has grown over the years making his T20 debut for the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.

I’ve enjoyed watching Shaheen Shah Afridi on this tour of South Africa. He’s a young man with a lot of talent and skill,” Smith said.

Graeme Smith will part of the star-studded Pakistan Super League 2019 commentary panel along with former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden and former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja

The trio will join world-famous commentators Danny Morrison, Michael Slater, Bazid Khan, Alan Wilkins and Kepler Wessels on a panel that is set to enthral viewers from around the world.

South African legend Graeme Smith, who has made his mark as an accomplished voice behind the mic since retiring from international cricket, will be making his PSL commentary debut this year.

“Pakistan cricket always offers a lot of excitement and I am sure PSL will be no different,” said Smith while sharing his views on joining the star-studded commentary panel.

“It’s a quality tournament and I have followed it over the past three years. The opportunity to commentate at this year’s HBL PSL is an exciting one and I look forward to watching talented cricketers from Pakistan playing alongside some leading international stars.”

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