Walker Yunus was the first to express concern. After that the discussion spread – Pakistan’s pacers are slowing down!
However, at the end of the first day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne today against Australia, Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali said that Pakistan’s pacers do not care about speed.
The 29-year-old Hasan told a press conference at the end of the day today, ‘I don’t know whose ball slowed down, but pace was never my main focus. I have never bowled at 150 kmph. Rather than this, more attention should be paid to the area above the off-stump.’
Not only him, but none of the pacers of Pakistan’s current team are worried about the speed, Hassan said, ‘I have not heard these rumors about the speed reduction. But we ignore these discussions. Our focus is on the match, as it should be.’
The match situation, however, is not putting either Pakistan or Australia ahead or behind today. 66 overs were played today on a rainy day, in which Australia scored 187 runs for 3 wickets. Hasan, Amer Jamal and Agha Salman took three wickets for Pakistan. Hasan gave only 28 runs in 14 overs.
In the press conference, Waqar Younis’s comments caused questions about the pace of Pakistan’s pacers. Pakistan lost by 360 runs in the first Test of the series, Waqar was not satisfied with Shaheen Afridi’s performance in that match. In the eyes of Pakistan’s legendary fast bowler, Pakistan’s pacers have slowed down. Walker also expressed concern that especially the main bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi will gradually turn into a medium pacer if he continues like this.
Touring Australia for a three-match Test series, Pakistan have been devoid of the services of young pace sensation Naseem Shah as well as Haris Rauf.