Karachi: Former Pakistani cricket Sarfraz Nawaz feels Pakistan just don’t have the potential to beat the South Africans and if they want to win they will have to put some extra intelligent game at Centurion on Friday in order to bounce back in the series.
“Our batting-line is lethargic. Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq play many dot balls and put pressure on other batsmen. Umar Akmal should be brought in at the expense of Younus,” Sarfraz told PPI.
Pakistan has already lost the first ODI match by a huge margin of 125 runs in the five-match series.
Sarfraz said that Pakistan has low chances to beat the home team because the batting-line has been playing irresponsibly, fielding has been below par and the so-called strong bowling-line has also not been performing.
“South Africa has been playing well. They bat well, bowl well and field well. How can Pakistan beat them when they have not been able to perform in any one department,” he explained.
Sarfraz said that Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan should be featured in the second ODI. “Field either Umar Gul or Junaid Khan but not both of them because it will not be of any use,” he said.
He also said that Kamran Akmal should be sent to open the inning because mostly the wicketkeeper batsman has performed with bat as an opener.