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‘Pakistan’s real test will be against Australia, NZ,’ says Abdul Qadir

LAHORE: Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has said that Pakistan team’s real test would be in a series against New Zealand and Australia.

“The upcoming tours of Australia and New Zealand will be the real test for the team as the current West Indies team is not up to the mark against Pakistan,” the former cricketer said in an interview on Tuesday.

Qadir added that the West Indies team we used to know is not the same anymore, as many of its match-winning players are out of the squad.”

“Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy and Andre Russell who can win matches single-handedly are not in the team,” he said. He added that he doesn’t quite understand what the West Indies cricket board is up to.

“The current West Indies team comprises youngsters who lack ability. The Pakistan team is way better then the West Indies team,” he said.

Commenting on Pakistan One-Day international (ODI) Captain Azhar Ali’s performance, Qadir said Azhar Ali is a good player but only for Tests.

“Azhar should be restricted to tests only. We should include all-rounders like Muhammad Hafeez in the One-Day International team,” he said.

Pakistan on Tuesday thrashed West Indies by 133 runs in the second Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The West Indies were all out for 322 as Zulfiqar Babar took the last wicket; Devendra Bishoo was caught out by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who had figures of 6-124, was made man-of-the-match. During today’s play, the spinner dismissed Miguel Lamar Cummins (0), Jermaine Blackwood (95), Roston Chase (20) and Jason Holder (16) as West Indies resumed play at 171-4.

This is Pakistan’s 10th consecutive win in international matches, ESPN CricInfo reported. In the first Test in Dubai, Pakistan dominated the first three days after scoring 579-3 declared, courtesy of opener Azhar Ali’s epic career best 302 not out, and then dismissing West Indies for 357.

The third and final Test will be played in Sharjah from October 30-November 3.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.