Shadab to miss second Test, Fawad in line after 11 years
In the first Test against England at Old Trafford, Pakistan played two spinners, Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan, thinking of getting some help from the wicket. However, the visitors will probably not take such a risk in the Test starting today (Thursday).
After the loss in the first Test, a change in the team for the second Test is sure to happen. Shadab is on the line to be dropped between the two leg-spinners. The Pakistan team management plans to play an extra batsman instead.
Who will be that batsman? This place is also pretty sure. Experienced batsman Fawad Alam is returning to the middle order. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has also suggested Fawad in the squad.
“In the next match, you won’t find a turning wicket,” Akram told Samaa TV as quoted by IANS. “You will play with one spinner and you will have to play with an extra batsman.
“You need a middle-order batsman and Fawad Alam is the one. He is also a left-hander, so the team can have a left-right combination.
“He has an average of 56 in first-class cricket, has a hundred on Test debut, so you will have to give him a chance. So if I was the captain, I would include him in the middle-order,” he added.
The Pakistan team management will not ignore the advice of a former captain surely. And in their hands also only worthy option is Fawad. The batsman, who has scored over 12,000 runs in first-class cricket, also has an average of over 56. But he last played for Pakistan in 2009.
Bringing Fawad in the XI instead of Shadab in the Southampton Test will also increase Pakistan’s batting power. This batting has suffered a lot in the first Test of the series.