It is time to tough decision regarding batting line: Sallu

Karachi: Pakistan’s top batting order has been performing miserably since the South African tour and now it was time to take tough decision for the team management of replacing the underperforming players with the young guns for the third match against West Indies, feels former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu.

“The top order has been failing since the South African. The team failed to reach a 200 mark in Champions Trophy. It is now time for the management to take tough decisions and make some changes to lift the team’s performance,” former Test cricketer Sallu told PPI.

Sallu said that although Mohammad Hafeez is a good makeshift bowler but since he has been failing with the bat so he should now be replaced by other batsman.

“Umar Amin was with the team in Champions Trophy and he is also with the team in West Indies. He should be given chance especially when the other players were consistently underperforming,” Sallu said.

“If the team management wants to lift the performance of the team then they must test other batsmen as well. Apart from Umar Amin, Haris Sohail is also with the team. This is now time that these players should be given chances,” he added.

He said that the team cannot be expected to win matches when top of its five players fail to perform.

“Our batsmen don’t even know where their off stump is. Some are getting caught behind, while some are getting out by inside edge and some are bowled out while leaving a ball coming in the stumps,” Sallu pointed out.

Sallu said that the top order must perform because the tail end is big in Pakistan’s case.

“The underperformance of our top batsmen is a big question for the coach. He must work hard with the batsmen to lift their performance,” he said.

“Performances like 76 off 55 balls are rare and the team should not expect regularly such performances from lower order batsmen when specialist batsmen were consistently failing to accumulate runs,” Sallu said while referring to allrounder Shahid Afridi’s knock in the first match against West Indies.

Sallu also said that the captain and the coach should evaluate the condition of the pitch properly and then chose players for the final playing eleven in every match.

“The captain and the coach misread the pitches during Champions Trophy in England. They didn’t give a single chance to leftarm spinner Abdul Rehman when other left armers like Ravindra Jadeja were taking wickets,” Sallu said.

He said that Abdul Rehman should be given a chance today Friday at the cost of Asad Ali if the pitch in St. Lucia is similar to the one in Guyana.