Nasser Hussain gives advice to Pakistan to improve their Test cricket

Pakistan suffered their first-ever series whitewash on home soil after England won the third Test in Karachi

By Web Desk
December 21, 2022
England beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the third Test — Screengrab

Former England skipper and current commentator Nasser Hussain has given some tips to Pakistan team to improve their Test performance after they suffered whitewash at the hands of England in a three-match series at home.

Pakistan suffered their first-ever series whitewash on home soil after England won the third Test in Karachi on December 20 by eight wickets.

The visitors chased down paltry 167 runs for the loss of two wickets. 

"Sometimes I think they don't pick as well as they could. They could play good players like Shan Masood. So if you have him, and you have, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Saud Shakeel. Then you start picking your best batters and don't confuse it," he said in an interview with a local digital sports portal.

"Fast bowlers are like gold dust and they couldn't do anything about the injuries. Try and rest and rotate your fast bowlers a little bit. Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are playing all formats. So look after your bowlers," he added.

Moreover, Nasser also suggested the national side play on better pitches and think about the long term.

"Play on better pitches and think about the future. One thing Rob Key [Managing Director of England's men's cricket] is doing is he is already preparing for the next ICC World Cup in India. Also, look at first-class cricket cause there must be high quality. I have watched videos of people tape-ball cricket, so there is raw talent in Pakistan, which has never been a doubt. So how do you nurture that raw talent to become a Test player in important," he said.

Lastly, he heaped praise on left-handed batter Saud Shakeel and told the national team's management to give him a long run.

"I love how Saud Shakeel is playing. Give him a long go. Axing a player based on his failure in two or three matches causes lost confidence. If you believe in someone, give them a long run," he concluded.

Pakistan are scheduled to take on New Zealand in a two-match Test series, starting on December 26 at the National Bank Cricket Arena.