Zaheer Abbas reveals reason behind Haider Ali’s dip in form

Asian Bradman also believes that right-hander should not be dropped from the side

Zaheer Abbas reveals reason behind Haider Ali’s dip in form PHOTO: Reuters

Former Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas, who is famously known as the Asian Bradman, believes that young batsman Haider Ali isn’t able to perform well due to change in his batting position.

While speaking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, Abbas shed light on Haider’s troubles in international cricket after the latter was dropped from the side due to a string of low scores.

“I think Haider Ali did well as an opener which is why he was selected for the national side but in international cricket he bats down the order. This change in batting position can unsettle players and that could possibly be the reason behind the dip in Haider’s form,” said Abbas.

“Being a young player, I don’t think he should have been dropped from the side. The batting coach should have worked with him with regards to batting in the middle order. We had high expectations from Haider which is why it would have been better to give him a prolonged run rather the dropping him from the side,” he added.

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He also praised Pakistan team’s performance and their star batsmen, skipper Babar Azam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, during the recently concluded Africa tour.

“I watched the matches against South Africa and I can happily say that the Pakistan team is steadily rising in stature,” he said. “Mohammad Rizwan has been batting really well. I didn’t expect him to improve his batting, in such a manner, in international cricket all of a sudden. Thankfully, we now have someone other than Babar who can support the batting department. If we can get two or three more batsmen like Rizwan and Babar, then our team will become one of the best in the world.”

“Babar is leading the side and is also batting really well. This a great sign for Pakistan cricket. A captain should lead from the front and Babar is doing exactly that,” he added.

He also advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to be careful with regards to holding remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six matches.

“Remaining PSL matches should only be conducted if the Covid-19 situation is under control. If not, then the league should be postponed. India also had to postpone IPL due to worsening Covid-19 situation, which is why we should be careful as well,” he concluded.