Pakistan need to appoint power-hitting coach in T20Is: Ramiz Raja
Pakistan lacked the killer instinct to outsmart Sri Lanka in the T20I series at home. What really makes things worse is that the hosts lost to a second-string Sri Lankan team. The visitors smashed them 2-0 in the three-match T20I series and are just one win away from completing a clean sweep.
Extremely disappointed with the team’s poor performance former skipper Ramiz Raja was of the view that Pakistan should appoint a power-hitting coach to tweak the players’ batting technique in the shorter format of the game.
Pakistan lost the first T20I and second T20I to Sri Lanka by 64 runs and 36 runs respectively. They were nowhere close to being a challenging side like they dominated the Lankans in the just-concluded Test series.
“Misbah-ul-Haq has been over burdened by handing him the coaching responsibilities of all formats. I feel we need to bring in a power-hitting coach for the shorter format, to correct the direction of players,” Ramiz said on his YouTube channel.
Ramiz, who played 57 Tests, said the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup is not too far away from the start and if Pakistan doesn’t select the right guns then it is obvious that they would get bottled.
“The result of T20 series was expected as Pakistan team was stressed after losing the first game. Many old players were recalled in the T20 team but were unable to deliver under pressure,” he said.
Ramiz Raja knows exactly what went wrong in the team set up and he revealed his opinion. “Harris Sohail must be played at No. 4 as Sarfraz Ahmed was not in good form,” he said.
Ramiz, who played 198 games, was of the strong suggestion that Pakistan should bring in youth in the truncated version. “We just hit two sixes in the second T20 game whereas Sri Lanka hit eight. We don’t have any bowler who can take wickets,” he said.