Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes that Pakistan lacks variety in bowling line-up due to Shaheen Afridi's absence.
Dubai: In a statement, the former captain of Pakistan, Wasim Akram, revealed on Tuesday that it would be difficult for Pakistan to face the challenge of an in-form Indian side in the upcoming Asia Cup in the absence of the team’s star fast bowler, Shaheen Afridi.
The T-20 Asia Cup is getting underway from August 27 in the UAE. Shaheen is not part of the team due to knee injury. He has played a crucial role in the team’s success in the shortest format of the game. The left-arm pacer did all the damage against India in the T20 World Cup last year, by sending the top order into the hut cheaply.
Wasim Akram told Star Sports ahead of the Asia Cup that the absence of Shaheen will deprive Pakistan of variety in their bowling attack due to the lack of a left-arm fast bowler in their squad.
In Shaheen’s absence, the Pakistan Cricket Board selected right-arm pacer Mohammad Hasnain for the Asia Cup. But he lacks variation in his bowling. Indian batters are likely to hammer such a bowler quite easily.
The boys in green must miss Shaheen’s absence a lot because he is the only bowler who creates problems for the opponents. He has the ability to attack the stumps in all formats.
The Indian cricket team has been playing remarkable cricket at the moment and is a hot favourite to lift the Asia Cup. But Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the other teams which can be dangerous.
Another continental battle is awaited. Rohit Sharma, as a captain, would like to win the Asia Cup for his team and country.