ISLAMABAD - Former England batsman Geoff Boycott Saturday wanted international cricket revival in Pakistan saying he would love to go back and watch cricket there.
Geoff Boycott, who had a prolific playing career from 1962 to 1986, said he had always enjoyed playing cricket in Pakistan, against Pakistan and watching Pakistan. “Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are two of my favourite bowlers," he was quoted as saying by a website.
Talking about the Pakistan-South Africa series, he said conditions were more helpful for Pakistan than for the Africans. "Although South Africa is the No 1 Test side in the world at the moment, there are a couple of the South African players who are coming towards the end of their career and the Pakistani spinners can exploit that," he added.
He said the wickets were good in the UAE for batting but if Pakistan bowlers could start getting the ball to turn then they had a very good chance of defeating Proteas. “Pakistan's game plan should be to stay level with or as close to the South Africans for the first three days and then Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman come into their own. Pakistan has the edge in the spin bowling department whereas the South Africans are limited in their spin bowling options. The longer each Test goes on, the better the chance for Pakistan to win," he stated.
Speaking of the problems with Pakistani batsmen, Boycott said the problem with the Pakistan batsmen was that they would suddenly explode and do something daft and get themselves out by playing irresponsible shots. “Pakistan batsmen need to think better in the Test series against South Africa. In situations where run scoring isn't easy, they need to learn to hang in there and have the patience and the levels of concentration to stay at the crease," he said.
Geoff, who was inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Hall of Fame in 2009, said Younus Khan was a lovely batsman and beautiful fielder.
“You couldn't get anybody better than Younus for your team," he concluded.