Waqar backs Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bat first at Leeds

Legendary pacer believes batsmen are responsible for the failure, not the captain

Waqar backs Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bat first at Leeds PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan fast-bowler Waqar Younis is of the opinion that Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bat first at Leeds was correct but unfortunately things did not pan out the way it was expected.

The Men in Green were bowled out for just 174 in the second session of the opening day of the second Test against England.

But Waqar, while talking to Yahoo Sports, blamed the batsman — not captain for team’s dismal show in the first innings.

“I don’t think that the decision to bat first was wrong,” said Waqar. “It’s just that the batsmen played a couple of poor shots and the English bowlers bowled exceedingly well.”

Waqar, who claimed 373 wickets in 87 Test matches for Pakistan, added that the nature of Test cricket is such that things can change quickly, but also believes that that the Green Caps will find it difficult to make a comeback in the match.

“This is Test cricket and things can change quickly despite Pakistan's comprehensive win at Lord's,” he said. “It was not a good day for Pakistan but they will be pleased to see the back of Cook on the stroke of stumps and hopefully they can build on that tomorrow.”

He added: “It’s going to be difficult here at Leeds because conditions are not similar to Lords. Pakistan was surprisingly good in the previous Test match and the entire nation praised them but here things are different and they need to put in a lot of hard work to turn this around.”

Waqar further stated that first session on day 2 will be crucial for Team Pakistan, and the visitors will be hoping that overcast conditions can proved to be helpful.

“First session is going to be important for Pakistan and bit of cloud cover can help their [Pakistan]’s cause,” said Waqar. “But England have 80% chance of winning this Test match from here on.”