ENG vs PAK: Bowl Naseem Shah and Afridi ’18-20 overs’, opines Wasim Akram

MOHALI, INDIA - MARCH 25: Shahid Afridi, Captain of Pakistan speaks with former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between Pakistan and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 25, 2016 in Mohali, India. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

While Pakistan legend and cricket pundit Wasim Akram recently critcized skipper Azhar Ali for underbowling Naseem Shah, the former veteran opined Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah bowl at least “18-20 overs each innings” in Test matches.

In the first Test against England, which Pakistan lost by three wickets, Afridi bowled 18 overs in the first innings and Naseem 16. As for the second innings, they bowled 15.1 overs and 13 overs respectively.

However, Akram feels that “no matter the situation”, Afridi and Naseem should be bowling close to 20 overs since they are 20 and 17 years old respectively.

“Pakistan cricket is all about flair, unpredictability and attacking cricket. We’re not county bowlers who are just going to come and bowl line and length all day long,” Akram told Sky Sports as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.

“We’ve got a 17-year-old (Naseem), who bowls 90mph, a 20-year-old (Shaheen Afridi), who is around 88mph, and they should be bowling a lot more overs – 18-20 overs each innings, no matter the situation.”

In the series opener, Akram felt with England reduced to 117 for five, the need of the hour was to put pressure on Buttler, who was fighting for his Test spot, and Woakes, who averaged just 5.22 with the bat in his previous six Tests. Bringing in the brimming pace of the youngsters is something Akram feels could have made a difference.

After going down in the first #raisethebat Test, Pakistan will face an uphill task in the second Test between England and Pakistan starting on Thursday in Southampton.