Ramiz Raja wants the discarded spinner to join Pakistan in New Zealand
Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raza has raised certain questions over the non-involvement of leg-spinner in Pakistan's current ODI setup.
Updated - Jan 12, 2018 5:21 pm
Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raza has raised certain questions over the non-involvement of leg-spinner Yasir Shah in Pakistan’s current ODI setup. The leg-spinner is currently representing Brisbane Heat in the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia. Yasir was picked by the Heat after replacing the fellow teammate Shadab Khan.
The cricketer turned commentator has followed Pakistan cricket from close quarters ever since his retirement. Raza on numerous occasions has shown concerns for the betterment of cricket in Pakistan.
Wants the leggie to partner Shadab
Raza was of the view that asked Yasir to join the current Pakistan ODI team, which is presently playing a limited-overs leg in New Zealand. The team has often struggled to find a partner to assist the front line leg-spinner Shadab Khan.
Ramiz, who is covering Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand as a commentator, suggests strengthening the team’s spin department. He tweeted his concern to bring in Shah, an experienced campaigner, that would help the team to attack with more leg spin and could certainly help in denting the Kiwi’s batting lineup.
Here’s the tweet
“Get Yasir Shah over from Big Bash to bowl at NZ. With Shadab he could prove a great wicket taking option. Taking wickets is the only way to roll over rampant New Zealand batting at home. With Shoaib Malik now a reluctant off spinner and pacers getting a pasting more leg spin could be the answer,” Raja said in a tweet.
Get Yasir Shah over from Big Bash to bowl at NZ. With Shadab he could prove a great wicket taking option Taking wkts is the only way to roll over rampant NZ batting at home. With Shoaib Malik now a reluctant off spinner & pacers getting a pasting more leg spin could be the answer
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) January 10, 2018
Yasir, has been a formidable part of Pakistan’s test setup but has failed miserably to find his feet in the limited overs format much due to his inconsistent performances in the handful of opportunities he has got. He would be eyeing a comeback in the national side to dawn upon the green jersey on the back of his performances in the BBL 2017-18.
Pakistan, is already 2-0 down in as many matches in the five-match ODI series. The third ODI of the series, a must-win game for the visitors is to be played in Dunedin on Saturday.