ISLAMABAD, Oct 31 (APP): Former Test cricketer Abdul Qadir
expressed confidence that Pakistan would not only win the
upcoming third Test for a 2-1 series victory but would also clinch
the subsequent ODI rubber, saying Yasir Shah is the trump card for
Pakistan against England.
“Yasir will play a vital role for Pakistan in winning the third
test,” he told APP, adding conditions in the UAE do not support the
English team.
“English team is not used to the hot weather and previously
also Pakistan had whitewashed England in the test series there in
2012.Therefore, the pressure is all on the visitors side,” he said.
Speaking about the skipper Misbah-ul-Haq who has hinted about
his retirement after the final test against England, Qadir said PCB
Chairman Shahryar Khan has asked Misbah to extend his Test career,
which the skipper could easily do as he is “fit like any young
“I admire Shahryar Khan’s decision asking Misbah to continue
playing.Misbah shouldn’t have also retired from One Day Cricket as
he was fit to play in the team and dependable in both versions of
the game,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan has an excellent
opportunity to claim second position in the ICC Rankings if it wins
the final test on Sunday. However, if England draws level, then both the sides will
retain their pre-series rankings and points.
Qadir, however, criticised PCB for some of its other
decisions, saying an “accountability” of the board is the need of
the hour. Qadir claimed there is no check and balance on the PCB and
therefore the game of cricket is suffering.”Former cricketers
should be inducted in the board who know where and why the game is
lagging behind,” he said.
Pakistan is currently ninth in ICC ODI rankings and fourth in
Tests.Qadir took exception to Subhan Ahmed serving as the PCB Chief
Operating Officer (COO) “when he has no knowledge of the game.
“Does the PCB take stock of his performance in so many years of
his tenure,” he said.
Qadir said an audit should also be conducted of the past 10
years seeing where the money has been spent and whether it was
needed or not.