Fast-bowler Mohammad Abbas has expressed his desire to make a comeback in the Pakistan Test squad. His statement came after he had an impressive start to his county stint in England with Hampshire. The right-arm seamer ended with match figures of 9 for 39 against Middlesex, which included a hat-trick and a five wicket haul in the first innings.
The 31-year-old has played 23 Tests, picking up 84 wickets at an average of 22.80.
“I have made a good start [in county cricket]. Hopefully, I can continue this and make a comeback in the team,” said Abbas, while speaking in an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan.
He also opened up on his decision to play county cricket this season.
“There were no domestic matches in Pakistan, at the moment, which is why I decided to play county cricket in order to regain my form and rhythm. The benefit you gain from playing matches is more than what you achieve by bowling in the nets,” he said.
After having a sensational start to his Test career, Abbas’ form with the ball dropped significantly that led to his ouster from the Test squad. Abbas saw a significant drop in his pace before his omission from the team. He revealed that as a bowler when someone is not getting wickets his speed tends to get lower. Abbas said that as soon as he regains his form, his pace will also improve.
The fast-bowler further revealed that Pakistan team management has given him and other bowlers a watch to keep a track of their workload. This will help them to get the best out of every bowler.
“PCB has taken steps to monitor the workload of players which is proving to be very effective. Cliffe Deacon [physiotherapist] and Yasir Malik [strength and conditioning coach] have given us a watch to keep our bowling load and training in check,” Abbas said.
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