Odd decision to drop him, Ian Pont on Pakistan bowler with expert control

Ian Pont said it was an odd decision to drop Mohammad Abbas

Ian Pont: “Management also left out Abbas as a bowler, who has expert control needed at the end and middle of the bowling innings too. Some very odd decisions all round”

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Renowned fast bowling coach Ian Pont questioned why Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Abbas was dropped for the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Abbas also missed the home series against South Africa after a disappointing tour of New Zealand, where he took four wickets in two Tests at an average of 45.

The 31-year-old has been working on fixing the issues with his bowling in the time he has been away from the national team.

Since he was not picked for the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe, Abbas has signed with Hampshire to play county cricket in England.

“Management also left out Abbas as a bowler, who has expert control needed at the end and middle of the bowling innings too. Some very odd decisions all round,” Pont said on Twitter.

Pakistan will play three ODIs and four T20 Internationals against South Africa before heading to Zimbabwe for two Tests and three T20 Internationals.

Pakistan’s tour of South Africa commenced on April 2 and will conclude on April 16.

The men in green will then head to Zimbabwe on April 17 and play the three-match T20 series from April 21 to 25 in Harare.

Both Tests will take place at the same venue, with the first match starting on April 29 and the second Test getting underway on May 7.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that the national team will travel back to Lahore from Harare on May 12.

Pakistan’s Test Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Tabish Khan, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dhani, Nauman Ali, Zahid Mahmood, Sajid Khan.

Pakistan’s ODI Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.

Pakistan’s T20 Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal.

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