Karachi: Raising questions over Shoaib Akhtar"s lack of form and fitness, former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis has said that he (Akhtar) should discontinue playing test matches.
“Because of his fitness level it will be difficult for him to sustain pressure in a five-day match," The Daily Times quoted Younis, as saying.
He said that Akhtar should focus on playing one-day games only.
Younis said that there are plenty of upcoming talent in the pace department in Pakistan and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should refrain itself from over relying on Ahktar.
“Pakistan has got some upcoming good fast bowlers and the PCB should not depend too much on Akhtar," Younis said.
Younis commented that pace of Akhtar with which he created havoc even in the best batting line-ups of the world has dropped considerably, thus batsmen now find him easy to face
“Couple of years back he was really 'fast and furious". He has become a bit slimmer and wants to play at international level but my advice to him is to play only one-day cricket and take a break from Test cricket," he added.
Pointing towards the future of fast bowling in the country, Younis said: “Mohammad Talaha and Anwar Ali have got potential to become good fast bowlers."
He however, lamented that lack of international exposure for the upcoming talent is proving detrimental in the overall progress of the bowlers.
“There is a lot of difference between domestic and international cricket. Until and unless we are not able to get international cricket, our players will get rusty," Younis said.