Srinagar: Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed has said that Haris Rauf isn’t suited for Test Cricket at the moment and Pakistan management is ruining his career by including him in the Test squad
Haris made his Test debut for Pakistan in Rawalpindi and is now ruled out of the series after suffering a Grade-2 strain in his right quad while fielding during the first innings.
“To make a comeback, Pakistan will have to play bowlers. Once they get a hold of a bowler, be it in T20Is, ODIs, or Tests – they don’t rest unless it is ruined. Haris should not be playing Tests because he is not trained in the format. Play bowlers who can play Test matches, First-Class cricket and pick wickets regularly. There is Mir Hamza – play such bowlers who can bowl for long periods and know where and how to bowl. And increase the number of bowlers,” Aaqib Javed was quoted as saying.
“You can’t have part-timers operate from one end; who can stop the scoring, right? If you get wickets, only then will you get respite. Otherwise, they (England) will score at a brisk pace. Their mindset is to score at a run-a-ball. Keep a strike rate of 100. If they get out in the process, for them, it doesn’t make a difference. And that is the difference. They bat at a strike rate of 100 or 135. How can there be a match?,” Javed further said.
The second Test is scheduled to commence on December 9 in Multan.