What advice has Akhtar given Hasnain?

Shoaib Akhtar advises Mohammad Hasnain to vary his length as T20 and ODIs are two different formats Pakistan cricket

Shoaib Akhtar: “The needs to learn that the length required for One-Day is different [than] the style of bowling in T20s”

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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has advised young seamer Mohammad Hasnain to change his length while bowling in ODIs.

Hasnain made his international debut in the ongoing ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates after excelling in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he took 12 wickets in seven games for the Quetta Gladiators at an average of 17.58.

However, Akhtar noted that Hasnain needs to remove himself from the Twenty20 frame of mind as bowlers need to have different approaches to the shortest format and ODI cricket.

“Mohammad Hasnain is still bowling four overs in his mind (talking about Hasnain giving away 50 runs in five overs in the third ODI against Australia), but this is how he will learn after being hit for runs,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “I wasn’t expecting miracles from Hasnain in the first place; he is inexperienced, and he needs to learn that the length required for One-Day is different [than] the style of bowling in T20s.

“He needs to know that this isn’t PSL; here the batsmen take time and will negate your tactics as a bowler.”

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