KARACHI - Former chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said that Pakistan team can achieve better and positive results with an attacking and innovative cricket instead of formula cricket in the One-day Internationals (ODI) series against South Africa.
The five-day match series rolls into action at Sharjah Cricket Stadium from tomorrow (Wednesday).
“Past is history and we must focus on different brand of cricket now,” he said in an interview on Monday. “It was drawn Test series so there should be no pressure on our team and they must come out positive,” he added.
Former Pakistan left arm spinner said Pakistan got the fiery brands of young cricketers in Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood in batting department. “If captain Misbah can motivate and boost these players, they are capable of showing their metal and beating their opponents,” Iqbal Qasim believed.
“Though Protease enjoy slight advantage but Pakistan young guns are quite capable of if they played with their played with their real flair without taking pressure,” he commented. He said Umar Akmal should be used as wicketkeeper-batsman in a couple of games. “If Umar’s show not up to the mark then we can consider Sarfraz Ahmed,” he said.
Qasim thought that Pakistan got a great talent in Sohaib Maqsood. “Besides being in batting mould of Inzamamul Haq, Sohaib is also a good off-spinner. He called for using Sohaib as batsman as well as a bowler.”
He said another talented player Umar Amin should be used as a batsman-cum-medium pacer. “Century by Asad Shafiq must have raised the spirit and confidence and it should be good news for Pakistan batting,” he added. Qasim said return of Shahid Afridi and M Hafeez would strengthen Pakistan bowling with batting.
He was of the view that the selectors and captain should use young talent with an eye on 2015 World Cup. “This is a bilateral series and we should expose young guns to prepare a pool of players for World Cup,” he stressed. “Pakistan team is a blend of youth and experience and courage and attacking approach can benefit them,” Qasim concluded.