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Unstable openers, run-out of Yousuf cost Pakistan series

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Former chief selector and Test off-spinner Hasib Ahsan has blamed poor batting and crucial run-out of Mohammad Yousuf in the second innings as the two major reasons which cost Pakistan the Leeds Test and the series on Tuesday.

“Our batsmen really batted poorly on a good pitch and the early run-out of Mohammad Yousuf proved to be disastrous for Pakistan,” Hasib said while recording his reaction on Pakistan’s massive 167-run defeat in the third Test against England at Headingley, Leeds.

With Leeds being their second successive victory, after having won the second Test at Old Trafford, Manchester by an innings and 120 runs inside three days, England took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match rubber.

By taking the 2-0 lead in the series, the Englishmen also avenged their 0-2 defeat on their last tour to Pakistan late last year.

Hasib said he was surprised to see Yousuf getting out at a crucial juncture. “Why Younis Khan called Yousuf for such a risky run at that stage of the match when they were chasing 323 in 91 overs?” he argued. “I was surprised to see Younis calling Yousuf for the single when the ball was in the hands of Paul Collingwood at short gully position. Moreover the pair, having put on 363 runs for the third wicket in the first innings, should have shown better understanding,” Hasib added.

Hasib also expressed persistent changes in the openers’ slots proved fatal for Pakistan. “Why don’t they stick with the same pair and allow them the whole series instead of trying different combinations in almost every match?” he questioned.

Because of injury to all-rounder Shoaib Malik, Pakistan have used the opening combinations of Salman Butt-Imran Farhat (Lord’s), Imran-Kamran Akmal (Old Trafford) and Salman-Taufeeq Umar (Headingley) in the series so far.

“What role has our highly paid coach (Bob Woolmer) been playing in such a scenario when Pakistan have suffered massive defeats at Old Trafford and Headingley?” he asked.

“Look at Sajid Mahmood. He bowled with good line and length and that brought the downfall of Pakistan batting in the second innings,” he said.

“Our bowling trio of Shahid Nazir, Mohammad Sami and Umar Gul bowled well in the second innings to bring Pakistan back into the game. However, they could have learnt what can be achieved with persistent good line and direction,” Hasib insisted. “Had our bowlers bowled to a good line and length they could have restricted England in the first innings. “Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria also did not prove effective (in England),” Hasib noted.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s former Test paceman Jalaluddin blamed lack of proper system at the grassroots level as the main reason of Pakistan team’s defeat in England. “We are badly lacking in system at the lowest level. Top players lacking to handle the situation because of technique and lack of grooming and competitiveness at the lower level,” he pointed out.

“Until we change the system from the bottom and bring reforms from the grass-root level nothing can be changed at the top.” he emphasised.
Source:The News

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