Middle order will be the Achilles heals for Pakistan: Sarfraz

Karachi: Pakistan’s bowling line is laced with quality pace and magical spin but the middle order will be the department, which may struggle during the tough Test series in South Africa that begins today Friday in Johannesburg, believes former pacer Sarfraz Nawaz.

“Pakistan has world-class spinners and pacers are also quality bowlers. Pakistan’s bowling is world-class however the visitors should focus on their middle order in order to put defendable total during the Test matches,” Sarfraz told PPI.

Sarfraz said that although South African has strong bowling line however Pakistan also have a strong list of bowlers.

“But the difference would be seen when it comes to middle order. The hosts have strong batting line and are able to accumulate big score. I think Pakistan doesn’t have the same sort of strong batting line. So the difference between the two teams will be between the middle orders of the two teams,” he explained.

He advised the batsmen to play responsibly and accumulate runs. “I would advise the batsmen to stay on crease and play responsibly. It would be tough to bat on South African pitches but that goes for both sides. So the side whose batsmen would play responsibly and would stay on crease will be able to succeed during the series,” he added.

Meanwhile, he criticized aging batsmen and added that the youngsters should be given chances.

“I would say middle order batsman Haris Sohail should be given a chance. He has been picked but the way team management behaves during the tour was ridiculous. They take youngsters for tournaments but those youngsters eventually fail to make a cut for the playing XI. PCB has only been making them tourists rather than players,” he complained.

He said that if new players were picked for tournaments, then they should be given chance to play. “You pick new players and but they only make it to the bench and come back home without playing a single match. Such attitude is not fair.”