Mohammad Kaif lauds Pakistan's pace department, questions spin bowling depth

Kaif highlighted both the strengths and weaknesses of Pakistan's bowling attack

Mohammad Kaif lauds Pakistan's pace department, questions spin bowling depth PHOTO: AFP

Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has delved into a comprehensive analysis of Pakistan's bowling lineup, particularly in the context of mega-event tournaments like the T20 World Cups. 

During an exclusive interview with a local sports channel, Kaif provided insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the national team's bowling attack, encompassing both their spin and pace departments.

"Their strength lies in their fast bowling. Haris Rauf is there, Shaheen Afridi is also there, and Naseem Shah is also fit. Although Naseem Shah wasn't in the World Cup squad, his absence was felt in bowling, he's a good bowler, and their power lies in their pace bowling. With bouncy pitches in the USA, their fast bowlers will excel there." Kaif said.

"Their weakness lies in their spin bowling department. Shadab Khan is not getting the ball on the line, and Mohammad Nawaz's ball doesn't turn much, so their spin bowling is weak," he added.

In terms of batting, the former cricketer highlighted Pakistan's vulnerability under pressure situations, especially when chasing formidable targets.

He also cautioned that if these key bowlers face a dip in form or fail to perform, Pakistan could encounter difficulties.

"Their spin bowling is weak, and so is their batting when pressure mounts, like when they need to chase 180 runs. If their bowling fails, for instance, if Naseem Shah doesn't take wickets or Shaheen Afridi remains wicketless, then they get exposed. The players I mentioned earlier, including Haris Rauf, are the ones who set up their game. They aim to take 2 to 3 wickets in the first six overs with the new ball and then win the game from there. In my opinion, if these three bowlers are even slightly out of form, Pakistan could face difficulties," he concluded.

It is worth noting that the tournament will commence on 1 June with co-hosts USA taking on neighbors Canada, while fellow hosts the West Indies will play Papua New Guinea in Guyana on the second day of group play.

Joining co-hosts USA in Group A are arch-rivals India and Pakistan, as well as Canada in their first appearance at the event as well as the European side Ireland.

Pakistan's schedule for T20 World Cup 2024

  • June 6: Pakistan vs USA, Dallas
  • June 9: Pakistan vs India, New York
  • June 11: Pakistan vs Canada, New York
  • June 16: Pakistan vs Ireland, Lauderhill

Groups for T20 World Cup 2024

  • Group A: India, Pakistan, Ireland, Canada, United States
  • Group B: England, Australia, Namibia, Scotland, Oman
  • Group C: New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Uganda, Papua New Guinea
  • Group D: South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Nepal