Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Future of Pakistan's Batting

Fast bowling and spinners have never really been any problem for Pakistan to produce. The Green's have always produced great bowlers, and in living cant remember a line-up that didn't include match-winning bowlers. The main concern for Pakistan has been batsmen; Yes they have produced the likes of Hanif Mohammed, Miandad, Abbas, Inzi, Malik, Yousaf, Anwar and Younis; The problem has been able to produce these sorts as a collective batting unit.

Too many times have we seen good youngster's come through, exeptionally talented young men, but never do their talent the justice they should have. Maybe some have had technical issue's, whereas some just have mentally not been ready to go in the pressure cooker of International cricket. Whatever the problem is, Pakistan needs to address this problem, and fast, maybe have coaching schools in place so young 12-13 years olds can address these issues in their game and are ready for the bigtime.

Again just in the last few months, we have seen two such youngster's break into the line-up for the second time, Shahzaib Hasan and Ahmed Shehzad, but for pressure and little technical issues are out of the team again.

Pakistan again have some very good players in Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal, whom have cemented their places in either the test or shorter formats. Pakistan have also players such as usman salahuddin, Babar Azam, Rameez Aziz, Shan Masood and Umar Amin in the domestic scene all vying to make that step up and cement a place in the team. All have expentional talent and can make it but need to be brought through properly. I'd suggest have someone like Saeed Anwar or Inzi working with these player's, making them strong mentally and rectifying any minor defiencys in their game before they're confidence is shot to pieces when they dont cut it at the big stage. If we can work with these youngsters and other's like them then;

"The Future is Bright, The Future is Green"
Pictures (from to bottom):- Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam and Azhar Ali

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