Pakistan have a one-nil lead in the two-match series
Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes that the Pakistan team should make two changes during the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare, starting on May 7.
Pakistan won the first Test in comprehensive fashion, by an innings and 116 runs, to take one-nil lead in the two-match series.
Akhtar, who holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery in world cricket, wants to see pacer Shahnawaz Dahani and leg-spinner Zahid Mehmood in the Pakistan lineup. He added that Dahani’s inclusion will depend on whether Shaheen Afridi wants to rest or not.
“Shahnawaz Dahani can be given a chance but you need to ask Shaheen [Afridi] if he wants to rest. What if Shaheen doesn’t want to rest? There are already only few Test matches on offer and, if I was asked the same question, I would have played,” said Akhtar while speaking on PTV Sports.
“There is no harm in trying out against Zimbabwe. I think Dahani and Zahid Mehmood should be given a chance in the next Test match,” he added.
Zahid was the third highest wicket-taker, during the last season of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, with 52 wickets in 10 matches. Meanwhile, Dahani claimed 26 wickets in seven matches.