With Usman Shinwari becoming the latest Pakistan paceman to go down with an injury, Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector, has stressed on the need for the national team to have a rotation policy for fast bowlers.
With the workload of fast bowlers, especially the ones that play multiple formats, a constant source of debate around the world, Inzamam hoped Pakistan would have a system in place to ensure the attack remained strong in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup.
“Fast bowlers used to get proper rest after every series earlier, but nowadays when there is a gap, players go for leagues around the world and don’t get proper rest,” pointed out Inzamam on Monday (November 6). “I am discussing ways with Mickey (Arthur, the chief coach) as to how we can preserve our fast bowlers and avoid injuries.”
Apart from Shinwari, the latest young man to make a splash at the international level, there have been concerns around Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali, who play all three formats and need to have their workloads managed.
Hasan suffered side strain after playing the first Test against Sri Lanka recently and had to be left out for the second, while Amir missed the five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka after suffering a shin injury in the second Test.
Inzamam also stressed that with the team doing well on the whole, there was no need to look beyond the current crop. “Our team has been doing well so I don’t think there is any need of changes in the team, and we want consistency in selection,” he said.