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Ex-Pakistan seamer Aaqib Javed believes that Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali are terrible new ball bowlers.
Javed’s comments come after both pace bowlers haven’t done particularly well in the ongoing World Cup.
Hasan has taken two wickets in four games at an average of 128. It should be noted that Pakistan have played five matches, but since their game against Sri Lanka was washed out, it is not counted in the statistics.
To make matters worse, Hasan conceded 39 runs off four overs against the West Indies, 66 runs off 10 overs against England, 67 runs off 10 overs against Australia and 84 runs off nine overs against India.
As for Wahab, he has claimed five wickets in four matches at an average of 47.40.
He conceded 40 runs off 3.4 overs against the West Indies, 82 runs off 10 overs against England, 44 runs off eight overs against Australia and 71 runs off 10 overs against India.
“Hasan Ali is a bad choice for a new ball. Wahab Riaz cannot bowl with a new ball, he needs an old ball [and] dry wicket because he banks on reverse swing. He is not a good bowler for green tops and overcast conditions. He can be lethal, but he needs two good new ball bowlers,” Javed told the Mumbai Mirror.
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.