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May 27, 2019

Pakistan needs to work on fielding: Wahab

 
May 27, 2019

LAHORE: Wahab Riaz believes Pakistan must work on one key element if they are to make an impact at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup - their fielding.

The 2017 Champions Trophy winners fell to defeat against Afghanistan in their first World Cup warm-up game in Bristol on Friday. The losing streak paints the picture of a side in less than ideal form heading into next week’s tournament curtain-raiser, but fast bowler Riaz insists only fine margins are costing the men in green.

“The way we played against England was very impressive,” he said. “They are the most dangerous side in the world right now and the kind of attitude they have is something that nobody else has.

“It was a good experience before the World Cup and that gives us confidence. “We missed a few important aspects at the most important times, and we couldn’t execute our plans as we wanted when it mattered. “Our fielding was below par. If we’d fielded better it would have made a difference. “We’ve batted outstandingly well, but they took their chances and we couldn’t hold on to ours. These are the things we need to work hard on.”

Initially named outside of captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s World Cup squad, Riaz made a captivating return to the side in Bristol, grabbing two wickets at the death to almost save the game for Pakistan.An adept reverse-swing bowler, dry and humid conditions in England have the 33-year-old licking his lips.

And with others in a skilful bowling unit also capable of executing the precious ODI commodity, Wahab feels Pakistan are perfectly placed to capitalise on the conditions in what could well feel like a second home for the team due to the large Pakistani community in the UK. “The wickets are very dry and honest, so as a bowling unit we have to be very consistent with our length. we know these are good batting tracks and hopefully spin will come into play,” he added.

“We know what to expect, it’s about adapting accordingly so we can make a difference. “The wickets are really good for batting, but at the same time it’s useful for the bowlers too because with the dry conditions you can get the reverse swing as well.