ISLAMABAD: Former captain Rashid Latif has said that after New Zealand series, the real test for Pakistan team will be South Africa series to do well in next year’s World Cup.
Latif said: “Pakistan team has to play a long and tough South Africa series which include 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is. If they manage to show same character and come out with flying colours, they will stand realistic chances of challenging any opponent in the World Cup next year.”
He said that Mickey Arthur has to work on Asif Ali, who looks a T20 player and needs to change his technique and style of batting to stand chance of cementing his place in 50-over matches. “I think team management has to check Asif Ali in South Africa series, which, for me, is the real test of character for green caps.
Haris Sohail played exceptionally and has a long future for Pakistan cricket. Pakistani team need to change the habit of slowing down from 11th till 40th over. All the other teams score runs from 11th to 40th over and know well how to rotate strike and hit boundaries and sixes.”
He said Pakistan played exceptional cricket in T20 as the team excelled in each and every department. “The bowlers were really good while the batsmen were also never exposed. Overall, it was excellent performance by green caps. The players like Asif and others have a few deliveries to bat and they managed to hit odd boundaries and sixes.
He said the main area of concern in the 50-overs lies in the middle order. “Now the team management has to think how to explore their available options, whether they will go with Hafeez and Imam and Fakhar in the opening, or test someone in the middle order, where Pakistan team is not scoring enough runs and wasting so many precious deliveries.