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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has questioned the decision to call up spinner Yasir Shah for the limited overs series against England, saying he “doesn’t have specialties with the white ball”.
Yasir was drafted into the Pakistan team as a replacement for fellow spinner Shadab Khan, who is recovering after being diagnosed with a virus that was reported to be Hepatitis C.
It is believed that the cause of the virus was improperly sterilized dental instruments.
In regards to his limited overs career, Yasir has featured in 24 ODIs and taken 23 wickets at an average of 47.39.
He also played two Twenty20 Internationals, but went wicketless in both matches.
“Yasir doesn’t have specialties with the white ball,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by arysports.tv. “If you compare him with Shadab Khan or Imran Tahir then he is far behind. These two bowlers have a grip on the googly, wrong’un and more importantly, they hit the hard lengths perfectly to take wickets.”
Pakistan’s limited overs series against England will consist of a one-off Twenty20 International and five ODIs, and run from May 5 to 19.
The men in green will then begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.