‘Captain doesn’t matter when you…’ – Ex-Pakistani skipper hits out at PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja

International cricket will resume in Pakistan after a few months hiatus as the Men in Green host West Indies in a three-game ODI series, starting June 08 at Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan. In Pakistan’s previous home series, against Australia in March-April, a lot was said and written about the quality of the shots.

Pakistan-Australia’s first test turned heads for the flat pitch on offer as, amidst all the criticism, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja defended the nature of the surface. Ahead of the Windies series, former Pakistani skipper and tainted fly-half Salman Butt took a dig at Ramiz while evaluating Babar Azam as captain.

“If you want to judge a captain tactically, Test cricket is the best format to analyze that. But the captaincy doesn’t matter when you prepare land like this. You can just look at these slots and say the spinners will play. The result is difficult in five days. The president will then say, “What else are we supposed to do?” Give them the game?” Butt said, cleverly recalling the PCB Chairman’s statement after the first Test against Australia in early March, in Rawalpindi.

For the uninitiated, the first two Tests between Pakistan and Australia only saw 42 wickets fall, which drew heavy criticism on the pitches.

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Consequently, Raja had to step in as he said they couldn’t prepare ‘fast or bouncy pitches’ and create favorable conditions for the Aussies led by Pat Cummins.

Butt further opined on Babar and said: “How can you test your skills in this way? You can win tests in England and give teams a hard time in away tests. You don’t You can’t just put the whole burden on the captain. You need experienced bowlers. We have talented bowlers but they lack experience. It’s not easy to win tests abroad. Haris Rauf, for example , is young and energetic with a good attitude, but experience will only come with time. Same goes for Shaheen. Also among the spinners, no one at the moment has the ability to go through an order of the hitters.

“Nevertheless, Babar is growing over time. His stick remains unchanged with the captaincy, which is a good thing,” he added.

Pakistan led by Babar will host the West Indies in three ODIs, in Multan, from Wednesday evening (June 08).

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