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Pakistan is renowned throughout the world for its pace of attack. It has a rich history of fast bowlers who possessed the illustrious ability to make the ball talk: generating quality pace, bowling impeccable lines and lengths, and swinging the ball both ways. But we have been striving to find permanent bowlers for our test team in recent years.
Mohammad Abbas had been the permanent member of the Pakistan test team for nearly three years. Right-arm fast-medium Bowler has played 25 tests for Pakistan scalping 90 wickets at an average of 23. But during the last year, he has not been considered the first choice bowler in the presence of Shaheen Shah Afridi since the test series vs New Zealand In December 2020.
Reason for Decline of Mohammad Abbas
Since 2020 Right-arm fast-medium bowler’s form is not in the way it used to be. Apart from the first test vs England in 2020, he has not been able to impress the selectors of Pakistan. He struggled badly against the Black Caps.
He was considered again in the test match vs West Indies but again luck was not in his favour and ended up with just two wickets in that test match. Another reason that led him to his downfall is that his pace has dropped to around 123-125 kph, not good enough for a new ball bowler in Test cricket.
Now coming to the main question that whether he deserves a comeback or not then obviously he does. He has been brilliant in the previous County season and so in this one. Hassan Ali has not been able to perform too for the national team but he is yet in consideration.
If Hassan can get a chance again then it sounds pretty clear that Abbas deserves too. Pakistan captain Babar Azam himself said that we need to back the player who had been match-winners for us in the recent past. Unfortunately, he has not been considered in the central contracts by the PCB.
Competition for test bowlers has become tough
A Sialkot-born fast bowler needs to toil hard as the competition for the 2nd main bowler after Shaheen has become tough. Naseem shah has worked hard to be contemplated as the automatic choice as a bowler for men in green. Faheem Ashraf has also proven his worth as an allrounder.
Bit of a Non-serious Approach by Abbas
Deacon, who has been with the Pakistan team for a while now, told Ramiz he was not happy with Abbas’s approach to his training and bowling in the nets,” the source said.
Before the Australia series Deacon had complained that Abbas, 31, was not working hard enough during training, leading to a reduction in his pace.
The 31-year-old needs to continue performing, make the ball talk, and get into the team. If Yasir Shah can make a comeback why not Abbas, Just one season of domestic performance is needed.