Yasir Shah’s injury is a big setback for Pakistan just before the all important tour of England & Ireland. Especially for the skipper who is still looking to record his first test win as a skipper. Yasir’s injury has left a big boots to fill as there is abundance of talent available in domestic circuit but no one has the level & experience which Yasir possess as he has been the go t to man for the captain since making his debut for Pakistan.
Let’s have a look at the resources available to selection committee to fill that big vacuum created in Pakistan’s spin bowling department. Below is the list of spin bowlers who have played the last years Quaid-e-Azam Trophy season.
Shadab Khan a permanent fixture of Pakistan’s limited over side is seen like to like replacements by many because of his leg spin and googly bowling. Shadab has played around the world in his short cricket career but he is short on experience when it comes to play longer format of the game. He just played 7 first class games.
Kashif Bhatti of Hyderabad was the one stand out performer in domestic circuit. Slow left arm bowler Kashif took 49 scalps in 9 matches with an average of 16 runs per wicket at an impressive strike rate of 35 balls per wicket. He also took the most five wicket hauls and recorded best figures of domestic season from a spinner when he took 14 wickets for just 102 runs.
Another enterprising young Talent Mohammad Asghar a product of PSL is also in the reckoning as he has made it to couple of tour but wasn’t able to make his debut. Took 19 wickets during last season. 19 year old spinner took 89 wickets in his 23 match first class career spanned over the past three years in domestic circuit.
One name which is roaming around and has strong chances to get selected is of Bilal Asif whose track record as a genuine spin bowler in longer format is questionable. He just played 4 matches during the last season and took 14 wickets with a 10 wicket haul to his name. He has played 19 first class games in his 8 year first class career and has taken 52 test wickets at an ordinary average of 33 runs per wickets & he is striking after 72 balls in his career so far.
Another spinner Mohammad Irfan catches the eye when he took 44 wickets in 10 matches with an average of under 20 runs per wicket. Irfan is on the fringes for quite some time as he has taken close to 200 first class wickets with an average of 22 runs per wicket.
Zulfiqar Babar & Abdur Rehman both had a good season but it is hard for aging bowlers to catch the eyes of the selectors and team management who had always put their weights in favor of the youth.
Raza Hassan who made a comeback to competitive cricket after serving a 2 year doping ban and had impressed all since his first game. He took 32 wickets in 7 games with an average of 25 runs per wicket, but chances are grim that he might get nod in presence of others.