‘India have two teams now, our one is struggling to survive’ – Saeed Ajmal lashes out at Pakistan after loss against England
Saeed Ajmal pointed the importance of striking the right balance between fitness levels and the skills of any given player
Updated - Jul 14, 2021 6:07 pm
The England and Pakistan series that concluded on Tuesday, 13th July has hogged the attention of the entire cricketing fraternity and deservingly so. An altogether new England side designed their own layout of success to completely dominate Pakistan. This has disappointed many former players of Pakistan and thus Saeed Ajmal has come forward to weigh in his thoughts.
An all-around good display by any team is what often fancy their chances to win. Even after putting up an impressive total on the board owing to Babar Azam’s career-best knock, Pakistan struggled to defend it. Thus, Saeed Ajmal pointed out that enough responsibility should be taken by the top as well as the middle order to make a difference. Even the bowling of Pakistan wasn’t spot on which further adds to the team’s woes.
Ajmal questioned the quality of players and pointed that India and England are able to put two teams on display whereas Pakistan is lacking behind even with their first choice team.
“Even in bowling, apart from two or three bowlers, I don’t see any of them (of quality). How will we survive like this? Our middle order is still a flop. If the top order performs then only, we can put a commendable score. Whenever the top order fails our teams completely collapse. England and India have two teams now, our one is struggling to survive.” Ajmal asserted in his YouTube channel.
Saeed Ajmal lashes out Pakistan’s selection policy
Often a lot goes under the selection process of a national team. However, it is a fact that with the game of cricket touching newer heights every single day, fitness plays a pivotal role. To play across formats the players need to be extremely fit on the ground to punch above their weight and pull in great performances.
About international cricket, fitness and skills are a package that the selectors have to buy. Opening up on the same, Saeed Ajmal pointed the importance of striking the right balance between fitness levels and the skills of any given player. He highlighted that the management is prioritizing skills over fitness for selection.
“We have been crying for three years that we need to play youngsters and we need to improve on our fitness levels. What did you achieve? Now we have once again come back to- leave fitness level, we need talent now. Now you have brought in Sharjeel Khan, Azam Khan. Now you have started saying we want to see skills in players’. Fitness is important but doesn’t have such poor policies where players lack fitness and skills,” Ajmal said.