Mohammad Hafeez wants more Tests for team

Pakistan’s Twenty20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez has requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to schedule more Test matches in the future, as the longest version of the game helps in producing better cricketers.

“It’s unfortunate that we get less Test matches,” Hafeez said in Karachi. “We played three Tests in January [2012] and then three in June, and again after six months we will play in South Africa, which is hard on us. I would urge the board to take up this
issue and try to schedule more Test matches for us because I believe players only develop by playing Test matches.”

He went onto say, “Test cricket produces good quality cricketers, like we have found Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. We need to promote Test cricket but if we play only six Tests in a year then it will be tough. I think PCB needs to fight for more Tests in the
next fixture because you get quality cricketers from Test cricket.”

The Men in Green have been doing a very good job over the past several years, especially in Test cricket. They have been led really well by Misbah-ul-Haq, who has only been beaten in one series since he has taken charge of the team.

He will have to face a difficult task ahead in February, as the team heads to South Africa for a complete series. Both teams will first play a three-match Test series, starting from the first of the month.

Hafeez realises this challenge and believes that things will be tough for his team-mates, as most of them have never toured South Africa. The bowlers will definitely enjoy the conditions, but the batsmen will have to be at their absolute best in order to
face the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Pakistan will be banking on their pace attack, which is arguably the best at the moment. Umar Gul, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan enjoyed a very good time recently in India, where pitches did not have enough juice in them.

The trio will be looking forward to the bouncy tracks in South Africa, where they can really trouble the opposition’s batters. 

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  1. Of course, Pakistan team needs to play some more tests as to get some real outstanding batsmen who can hold the team in crisis situations in smaller format of the game. We want players who can play every shot in the book, handle the pressure, face any bowler and still get the runs on the board with good strike rate. We can’t compare anyone with Hashim Amla, but we want consistent and spirit like him in our batsmen too. Big favor to ask but nothing is impossible. Our Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Muhammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik are quality players who have the talent to play long innings. We have to let them play more in Australia, South Africa and England. The more they play test cricket the more they’ll be groomed nd they’ll get to know about their stamina.

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