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Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanvir believes that Pakistan are “badly lacking a new-ball bowler who can swing the ball” going into the World Cup.
Tanvir noted that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir used to have that ability, but it has disappeared from his arsenal.
Tanvir admitted to being stumped by how Amir lost the ability to make the ball swing as he noted that even if bowlers lose their pace, they should still be able to swing the ball.
“Whilst the return of Wahab Riaz is a good omen for our side, I still feel that Pakistan are badly lacking a new ball bowler who can swing the ball as well,” Tanvir wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “We simply don’t have anyone like that at the moment in the side.
“Mohammad Amir, unfortunately, has lost that ability to swing the ball for some reason or another. He seems to have some technical issue which is causing this to happen.
“I do believe that it’s impossible to lose your ability to swing the ball if you are a swing bowler. Yes, you will get older and your pace will be naturally reduced as a consequence of that. But what you will never lose is your ability to swing the ball and we have plenty of examples of that in the likes of Wasim Akram, Chaminda Vaas, Shaun Pollock and Glenn McGrath. Throughout their careers, the pace of their bowling steadily came down but what they did not lose was the power of swinging the cricket ball.
“[This] is why I am surprised that Mohammad Amir has lost his ability to swing the ball and I am sure there is a technical issue as that is the only reason to explain how a bowler who had this quality before is unable to use it now.
“The problem for Pakistan now is that without a bowler who can swing the new ball, they will not be able to take wickets at the top of the innings which is so crucial in today’s game. It doesn’t matter how fast you bowl, but if you do not have lateral movement, you are toothless as a bowler.
“In Pakistan’s recent warm-up game against Afghanistan, the difference between Wahab Riaz’s first and second spell was the fact that he was able to move the ball and it just goes to prove that nowadays on such flat tracks, it is extremely difficult to restrict the batsman, regardless of how fast you can bowl at him.
“All the fast bowlers in the recent warm-up games who have succeeded are the ones who have been swinging the ball and there is no better example of that than the way Colin de Grandhomme, bowling at slowish speeds, dismantled someone like Virat Kohli’s stumps in the recent game between New Zealand and India.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday.