Sunday, 13 January 2013

Role of senior Pak batsmen during South Africa tour will be vital: Mohsin Khan

Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has termed Pakistan's Test squad for the tour of South Africa a balanced one that will be able to give the Proteas a tough time.

However, Mohsin warned that a good show was needed from Mohammad Hafeez, Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan and the trio will have to be at the top of their game in order to withstand South Africa's strong pace attack, reports The Express Tribune.

Mohsin also said that the in-form Nasir Jamshed has done well in one-day cricket but Test cricket will provide a different test for the left-hander and he would have to adjust his game accordingly.

Meanwhile, the former cricketer was also surprised not to see wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal make the final cut, after the selection committee decided to include Sarfaraz Ahmed instead.

He also welcomed the return of left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman - who completed his three-month ban for taking recreational drugs - stating his inclusion has brought balance to the team's bowling attack.

Mohsin added that the team had a good pace battery supported by Saeed Ajmal but Pakistan should now play two spinners if they felt that a pitch could offer turn.

He also appreciated the selectors giving a chance to youngsters Ehsan Adil and Haris Sohail, after impressive performances in domestic cricket.

Furthermore, Mohsin stressed that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should pay extra attention to improve the fitness of Mohammad Irfan, as he could be the trump card if he remained fit on tour.

Pakistan's tour of South Africa kicks off on February 1 with the first Test match in Johannesburg. (ANI)

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