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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja believes that the national team are in dire need of an express seamer who can excel in foreign conditions.
Raja’s comments come after Pakistan were whitewashed 3-0 in their recent Test series against South Africa.
In that series, Mohammad Amir was the most successful pace bowler as he took 12 wickets at an average of 23.58.
But, in order for Pakistan to turn their fortunes around in the longest format, especially when playing abroad, Ramiz reiterated that they need a bowler who can really ramp up the pace.
“Pakistan needs an express bowler because the current bowling attack, despite being skillful, is one dimensional,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “In these conditions, if one does not have a bowler capable of bowling 145kph and above, one cannot take down good sides.”
The 56-year-old also took aim at Pakistan’s batting line-up, saying their batsmen were “badly exposed” by short balls during the three-Test series against the Proteas.
“The Pakistani batsmen were just not able to play short balls, which is a very bad thing because in the international circuit if it is learnt that a team’s batting line-up are sitting ducks against fast short balls, then it is not good for one’s reputation.”