Guest Post by Syed Ahsan Ali
T20 version of the game changed that certainty of few months back into the biggest dilemma for selectors regarding mid-August announcement of final squad for the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa. Arguments of poor fielding agility across the park, against these two cornerstones of Pakistanâ€™s 50 over cricket, are put forward by several veteran cricketers and think tanks in Pakistan cricket board.
Another opinion that is becoming quite strong in opposition to this anticipated omissions of these explosive cricketers from the list of 15 that Yousuf, and Razzaq can add a lot to this rapid-paced cricket for Pakistan through plethora of experience and temperament at their disposal which they have shown over the span of years. Shortest version of the game definitely demands few sprints and dives to save some very precious runs, but making few quick runs with bellicosity under pressure-cooker situations can only be achieved when you have players of Yousuf, and Razzaqâ€™s caliber who have years of daylights on their backs to bolster Pakistan to finishing line. Look at their careers can help in solving this riddle.
Experience of 231 matches.
4465 runs with the strike rate of 79.96 and an average of 29.96 with an added value of 103 sixes.
246 Wickets with an economy rate of 4.69.
Experience of 242 matches.
8081 runs with the strike rate of 74.41 and an average of 41.02 (best average in current Pakistani set of available players even better than great Inzamam-ul-Haq) with 12 hundreds and 54 fifties.
About the Author: Syed Ahsan Ali holds a masters degree in Economics and is a writer by profession. He occasionally writes for the daily News and the daily Dawn also