Pakistan cricket endured a torrid 2017, with defeats far outnumbering wins in both the Test and limited overs formats. Their recent tour of England th
Pakistan cricket endured a torrid 2017, with defeats far outnumbering wins in both the Test and limited overs formats. Their recent tour of England though provided brief moments of inspiration, with a first Test victory on British soil and competitive performances in both the ODI and T20 series.
However, the return of Mohammad Amir and young stalwarts, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Aamir have reinvigorated the team and have provided a much needed spark to the team’s performances. As a result, the Pakistan bowling unit is back to its former glory and their recent tour of Ireland saw them proving to be the dominant force in the Test series.
However, with little chance of any form of conservatism from an England team in form, Pakistan will need to search for another balance in order to find success. This is of particular importance to provide an alternative in the event of the team losing momentum.
Pakistan’s tour of South Africa and Australia later this year will provide a stern test of their batting and bowling aptitude, and will be the best opportunity for them to ensure a consistent bowling attack throughout the entire tour.
Further to this, Pakistan’s performance against Bangladesh in the upcoming tri-series will provide a crucial insight into progress (and/or lack thereof) been made from their England tour. Whilst conceding runs may be a concern in these conditions, the Pakistan selectors will most likely require a versatile attack that can adapt itself to these circumstances.
In conclusion, Pakistan will need to ensure that their bowling attack is proficient enough in both Tests and limited overs formats in order to see success against the top sides. With both Mohammad Amir and the young superstars providing a flourishing bowling bond, Pakistan have a great chance of doing exactly this.
Little Chance of Conservatism as Pakistan Look to Bolster Bowling Attack
As the 2019 Cricket World Cup approaches, Pakistan have to address their bowling balance if they are to have a chance of making waves in the competition. The appointment of fast bowling coach, Azhar Mahmood, is set to be a marked departure from the team’s more orthodox approach to the game.
Focus on Attacking Style of Bowling
In recent years, Pakistan have tended to focus on economical bowling and line-and-length rather than an attacking style of bowling. This has seen them fall short on many occasions as the bowlers failed to effectively break partnerships or developed pressure build up against opposing batters.
Pakistan have several potential stars in their ranks. The likes of veteran spinner Saeed Ajmal, Rahat Ali and the fit-again Mohammad Hafeez have the potential to be leading lights in the bowling attack.
Also, the various rookie pacemen Yusuf Islam, Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz should provide the team with plenty of pace and movement.
Change of Mentality
Facing up to more confident and powerful batters on surfaces that favour the batsman, Pakistan need to change their mentality when it comes to bowling. Speed needs to be the priority if they are to have a chance of succeeding in the World Cup. In the past, Mahmood has always been keen to drill the importance of playing with a sense of adventure when it comes to bowling, especialy in the one-day game.
Plenty of Positives for Pakistan
Pakistan have plenty of positives to take from this new mindset as well. With the fielding and batting departments already looking in decent shape, a re-invigorated bowling attack could prove highly beneficial in the tournament. Furthermore, fast-bowling coach Azhar Mahmood’s analysis and hands-on approach is invaluable and should ensure the team have an edge over their opponents.
On a more general level, there is little chance of a conservative approach from England as the tournament continues. Pakistan are likely to pass on this adventure and aggression to the big one: the World Cup.