‘Our team depends on two players which is not good sign for Cricket’- Abdul Rauf wants Pakistan to reduce dependence on Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan

Pakistan cricket team had flair back in the 90s and early 20s but post 2000 their performance keeps on faltering at International level as they have lived up to the tag of “Unpredictable” which is not a good sign of any cricket team and their recent performance against England second string ODI side where they lost three-match series by 3-0.

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Speaking about the way Abdul Rauf who is a former Pakistan cricketer said that our team is too much dependent on two batsmen including the likes of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam to deliver all the games for Men in Green which is not possible in the game of Cricket which is “Unpredictable”.

In the shortest format, Pakistan opened with skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. While both sizzled with the bat in three T20 matches, the other batters failed to provide much support. Now Rauf feels they should go with Zaman and Sharjeel instead.

“The team is depending on only two batsmen, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, which is not a good sign for the team,” he said to International The News.

“Whenever either of the two fails, the entire batting line is mentally shattered,” he added.

Rauf further applauded that West Indies who recently clinched victory against Australia in a five-match T20 International series by 4-1 will not be an easy contender for Pakistan as the Caribbean are the dark horses when it comes to T20 cricket and they are the defending champions of 2016 T20 World Cup and their current performance against Australia is a sign that they are peaking at the right time.

“They are not as strong as they were in the past though. But they have the advantage of home soil. They defeated Australia and Sri Lanka recently. Their confidence level is much higher than Pakistan,” he said.

The likes of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez, and Shoaib Malik are still there in the team, and Rauf concluded by saying it’s because of the lack of good players coming to the team.