Former Danish batsman Kaneria has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take inspiration from Indian cricket and start building a bench force. Kaneria believes that Pakistan is too preoccupied with the present and not looking to the future.
Pakistan will face arch-rivals India on August 28 in Dubai in the 2022 Asian Cup clash. of Babar Azam hammered the Men in Blue by 10 wickets.
Ahead of the Indo-Pakistani Asian Cup 2022 clash, Kaneria lamented Pakistan’s lack of preparation. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he commented:
“Pakistan have played very little T20I since last year’s World Cup. They played seven games and won six. They played a big T20 game against Australia and lost that as well. comparison, India played 24 games, winning 20 (19 to be precise) India’s ratio is much higher and they mostly played against their B and C teams. India is creating a bench force.
Comparing India’s planning to Pakistan’s, the former cricketer pointed out:
“India is looking to the future. Unfortunately, Pakistan does not think in the same direction. The focus is not on creating bench strength. They must change their mentality and show courage. On the Dutch tour, they could have given young players chances.
Pakistan will play three ODIs in the Netherlands from August 16-21. The selectors named a full team for the series.
‘Babar and Rizwan make an impact’ – Denmark’s Kaneria hopes first Pakistani players will succeed
Talking about Pakistan’s key hitters for the 2022 Asian Cup clash against India, Kaneria admitted that a lot will depend on skipper Babar and striker-keeper Mohammad Rizwan. Sharing his take on the opening suit, he said:
“Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are a very successful opening pair and they make an impact. Left-handed hitter Fakhar Zaman will arrive at No. 3 in my playing XI. There are inconsistencies in his stick, but he is still good at 3.”
Babar recorded scores of 79 and 66 on his last two T20I shots. Rizwan has also done well, scoring half-centuries in two of his last four T20I matches.