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Abbas eyes Pakistan comeback after impressive start to county season

The 31-year-old also revealed the reason behind the drop in his bowling speed

Abbas eyes Pakistan comeback after impressive start to county season PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Abbas is keen on making a comeback in the national Test side, after an impressive start to his county championship stint. 

The right-arm pacer finished with figures of 9/39 against Middlesex, which included a hat-trick in the first innings, for Hampshire.

“I have made a good start [in county cricket]. Hopefully, I can continue this and make a comeback in the team,” said Abbas, while speaking in an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan. 

“I’m happy that I was able to claim my first-ever hat-trick and take five wickets in 17 balls which I had never thought I would be able to do. I’m thankful to Allah Almighty for this achievement,” he added. 

He also opened up on his decision to play county cricket this season.  

“There were no domestic matches in Pakistan, at the moment, which is why I decided to play county cricket inorder to regain my form and rhythm. The benefit you gain from playing matches is more than what you achieve by bowling in the nets,” he said. 

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The 31-year-old also revealed the reason behind the drop in his bowling speed, in the recent past. 

“When you are not picking up wickets, as a bowler, you lose momentum which also affects your speed. I have never bowled at the 150kph during my entire cricketing career but as soon as I regain my form, my pace will also improve,” he said.

Abbas also shed light on how the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken steps to monitor bowlers’ workload, 

“PCB has taken steps to monitor workload of players which is proving to be every effective. Cliffe Deacon [physiotherapist] and Yasir Malik [strength and conditioning coach] have given us watches to keep our bowling load and training in check. There are around 40 bowlers who mention their daily workload on a group. They are given guidance in accordance with their workload,” he said. “They must have looked at Shaheen’s workload and rested him during Zimbabwe T20Is, inorder to avoid any injuries.” 

He also had a word of advice for upcoming players in Pakistan. 

“As a youngster, it is important to have faith in yourself and Allah Almighty. Considering my family background, I would have never thought that I would get so much respect and recognition but this was all due to my hard work. I urge everyone to put in the hard yards if they want to be successful,” he concluded.