Aaqib Javed stated that he should not have been played yet and that the national team must build a pool of bowlers
Haris Rauf, who made his Test debut for Pakistan in Rawalpindi, has been effectively ruled out of the series after suffering a Grade-2 strain in his right quad while fielding during the first innings.
Former Pakistan pacer and head coach of the Lahore Qalandars, Aaqib Javed, stated that he should not have been played yet and that the national team must build a pool of bowlers and play those who are fit to manage the workload.
"To make a comeback, Pakistan will have to play bowlers. Once they get a hold of a bowler, be it in T20Is, ODIs, or Tests - they don't rest unless it is ruined. Haris should not be playing Tests because he is not trained (in the format). Play bowlers who can play Test matches, First-Class cricket and pick wickets regularly. There is Mir Hamza - play such bowlers who can bowl for long periods and know where and how to bowl. And increase the number of bowlers," Javed said.
Javed further asserted that relying on "part-timers" is a poor strategy and that the team should invest in experienced bowlers.
"You can't have part-timers operate from one end; who can stop the scoring, right? If you get wickets, only then will you get respite. Otherwise, they (England) will score at a brisk pace. Their mindset is to score at a run-a-ball. Keep a strike rate of 100. If they get out in the process, for them, it doesn't make a difference. And that is the difference. They bat at a strike rate of 100 or 135. How can there be a match?" added the former Pakistan cricketer.
The second Test is scheduled to commence on December 9 in Multan. The teams have arrived in Multan. The squad led by Babar Azam will try to level the series, while the squad led by Ben Stokes will seek to maintain their advantage.