‘He should not be playing Tests’ - Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed makes bold claim following Haris Rauf’s injury

Haris Rauf rolled over the ball during a fielding mishap and sustained the injury.

Haris Rauf
Haris Rauf. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ankit Mishra
Ankit Mishra

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Following the loss in the first Test match against England in Rawalpindi, Pakistan lock horns with the visitors in the second red-ball match on December 9, Friday. Pacer Haris Rauf, who made his Test debut in Rawalpindi, sustained a Grade-2 strain in his right quad and has been ruled out of the remainder of the series.

Following the unfortunate news, former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed made a rather bold claim about the injured bowler. Furthermore, Aaqib stated that the national side will need to bring in more bowlers and play those who are fit to play the longest format.

"To make a comeback, Pakistan will have to play bowlers. Once they get a hold of a bowler, be in T20Is, ODIs or Tests - uska bedha gark karke saans lete hain (they don't rest unless it is ruined). Haris should not be playing Tests because he is not that trained. Play bowlers who can play Test matches, who play 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," said Aaqib in an interview.

You can't have part-timers operate from one end: Aaqib Javed

Aaqib also stated that the side needs specialist players instead of ‘part-timers’ in the squad which needs to change in order to level the series.

"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?" added Aaqib.

The Babar Azam-led side will be on the lookout to get level in the series by winning the forthcoming fixture in Multan.