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Salman Butt outlines Pakistan's flaws ahead of the India vs Pakistan clash

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2021-10-22 12:25:17


Former cricketer Salman Butt has slammed Pakistan's cricket squad and captain Babar Azam for their pessimistic, corny tactics in the T20 World Cup 2021 warm-up matches. Salman Butt lambasted Pakistan's choice to deploy their best XI in practise matches rather than giving out-of-form or undercooked players a chance on his YouTube channel. He claimed that by being defensive, the Pakistan squad is displaying their "insecurities" in public. Salman Butt praised India's strategy, adding that despite the fact that all of Virat Kohli's men got enough practise in the IPL, they still sought to give everyone some game experience and are now better placed.

Later, he stated:

"India have utilized these warmup matches well... they've given game time to everyone despite the fact that they've all played the IPL. If they had not done this and had played with their playing XI, even then we could have argued that 'They haven't played together as a team so are doing it now'. But even they didn't do it. I don't know what insecurity we have that 'someone else should not make runs in that position or someone else should not get that opportunity. "

" For God's sake, you are the captain, you have to use your players, where will you do that? Can't it happen that God forbid that both Babar and Rizwan will get out in the first over? Then also someone will have to play against the new ball. See, Babar got out early here against South Africa na? Now, what is their mindset of going ahead? I don't understand this strategy." said the former Pakistani batsman.

Pakistan's two official warm-up matches were against the West Indies and South Africa. In the first match, Babar Azam's squad easily defeated the defending champions West Indies, chasing down 131 with seven wickets to spare. However, Rassie van der Dussen's 101 off 51 deliveries was a memorable knock and enabled South Africa defeat Pakistan by six wickets in the second game.

Salman Butt also questioned the 'benefits' of Pakistan beginning the batting in warm-up games with designated openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.He stated that these contests were intended to put other batters like Haidar Ali and Mohammad Nawaz to the test. Butt believes that sticking with the same starting combination will only hurt Pakistan's prospects of doing well in the Super 12 stage.

"I am disappointed to say this again, but what are the benefits of seeing Babar and Rizwan opening the batting in warmup matches? This match should have been used for Haidar Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz and to bring back Mohammad Hafeez's form which has been lost for so long. Why are they coming to open? Maybe one of them could have opened but again both are coming. Even if they score runs, they are doing it for 1.5 years and they'll continue to open. Even if they make 300 and defeat South Africa easily if those 3-4 boys don't get the game time, there's no benefit of this practice match." asserted Salman post an enthralling warmup fixture against the Proteas. 

In their first T20 World Cup 2021 match, Pakistan will take on India. The showdown will begin at 7:30 p.m. IST on Sunday in Dubai.