PAK VS NZ: BABAR AZAM SHOULD BE CALLED BACK IMMEDIATELY FROM NEW ZEALAND, URGES SARFARAZ NAWAZ

KARACHI: Former Pakistan cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to call back Babar Azam immediately who was ruled out of the T20I series against New Zealand after sustaining an injury.

The star batsman is also doubtful for the first Test against the Kiwis.

Sarfaraz Nawaz, who is currently in London, told The News it was a risky affair to expose Babar who is down with a thumb fracture.

“He should be called back immediately from New Zealand and allowed to take proper rest for the forthcoming home series against South Africa. Risking his injury would be dangerous even in the second Test.”

The former cricketer said that he has seen many players who were exposed to competitive cricket prematurely and added, “you need at least one month to recover fully”.

Why did Pakistan lose T20 series?

Regarding the T20 series loss against New Zealand, Sarfraz said he was surprised to see youngsters’ inability to handle bounce on the pitch.

“After having played on low-bounce tracks in Pakistan, they were not in the know how to handle bounce on such tracks. I have played in New Zealand many times so I know that a batsman requires a proper technique to handle such bounce.”

The former pacer was of the view that Pakistan youngsters are talented but they did not have learnt specific techniques of playing on such surface.

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