Faheem Ashraf gets chances despite constant failures but Usman Qadir is not getting his opportunity even after performing: Salman Butt
Salman Butt has opined that the England batting lineup is an inexperienced one and the England batsmen would have found the going tough against leg spinners.
Updated - Jul 12, 2021 6:58 pm
The Pakistan side produced a shambolic performance against the England side in both the first and second ODI matches. In both the ODI matches, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan side was beaten comprehensively by an England side that is missing several of its first-choice players.
And now, former Pakistan batsman Salman Butt has opined that the England batting lineup is an inexperienced one and the England batsmen would have found the going tough against leg spinners. Butt also added that the in-form spinner for Pakistan at the moment is Usman Qadir.
Butt added that Qadir has scalped wickets whenever he has been provided with the opportunity. The 36-year-old also said that Faheem Ashraf is backed continuously in spite of not performing well, but Qadir continues to be ignored.
“I have been saying this from the start that inexperienced English players will struggle against leg-spinners. We should have played two leg-spinners against them. If you look at the previous two-three tours, the in-form leg-spinner is Usman Qadir. He took wickets wherever he was given chance. Faheem Ashraf keeps on getting chances despite constant failures but Qadir won’t get his opportunity even after performing,” said Butt in a chat with Pakistan Vintage Cricket.
Changes should take place according to the conditions: Salman Butt
Salman Butt also said that the changes in the Pakistan side should be done based on the playing conditions. Stating that there was moisture in the surface, the former Pakistan batsman added that at least nine England batters do not have experience of playing a quality spin bowler. He concluded by stating that Pakistan should have used its variety in a better manner.
“Changes should take place according to the conditions. I feel that moisture in the pitch gives the bowler an advantage and the ball is also gripped nicely. English players traditionally struggle on leg-spinners and at least nine of their players don’t have experience of playing quality spinners.
We could have used our varieties better. If wickets are not taken on time, then the pressure of runs will definitely haunt batsmen during the chase,” concluded Salman Butt.
The third and final ODI between Pakistan and England will take place on 13th July 2021 at Birmingham.