The batting mentor of the Pakistan Cricket Team, Younis Khan believes that age is just a number and experienced batsmen like Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Hafeez cannot be dropped from Tests and short-format respectively.
After Asad’s failure in the last few innings, he was subjected to taunts but the management does not believe in thrashing him straight away. After Hafeez performed well in the second T20I against England, the confidence of the selective authority seems to be boosted in him.
Mohammad Hafeez and Asad Shafiq to continue playing, cannot be judged via age: Batting Coach
“If Hafeez keeps on playing like he did yesterday or does even better, demonstrates his form and fitness, then why should he be dumped?” Younis said in an online press conference today.
Querying the age’s scenario, he said who drops the player on behalf of their age? He further added that team shall be an amalgamation of senior and junior players.
“We often sideline players just on the basis of their age. The team should have a combination of juniors and seniors. But since now that we’ve lost, our lack of experience is being blamed,” he said as he accused critics of changing goalposts.
Younis further added that work is needed to be done on Asad’s flaws instead of sidelining him.
“A player such as Asad Shafiq should not be cut off. We should instead try and lift our experienced players,” he said.
“It is very important to show players where they are making mistakes. We spotted Azhar Ali’s weakness by watching his videos. I worked on his top hand, which is why his bat [got space needed to connect]. It wasn’t a massive technological change. We just worked on his hands,” Younis explained.