Arthur says Fa­heem Ashraf not strong enough to claim the seventh spot

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Pak­istan cricket head coach Mickey Arthur has stated that he did not deemed all-rounder Fa­heem Ashraf apt enough bats­man to oc­cupy the num­ber seven spot for the first two-Tests in the on­go­ing se­ries against South Africa.

“I am a big fan of the five-bowler strat­egy,” Arthur said. “It gives us the added op­tion of pro­vid­ing our front­line seam­ers with a rest while still main­tain­ing con­trol of the in­nings. But to do that, we need a fully fit Shadab Khan, who is a gen­uine all­rounder. With Fa­heem bat­ting at seven, we feared the tail would be just a bit too long,” said Arthur, while talk­ing to ESPNcricinfo.

The head coach was of the view that he is con­fi­dent that Fa­heem would emerge as a proper all rounder for the team in the fu­ture. How­ever, the team at the mo­ment needs runs and Fa­heem just not fit, added Arthur.

“In what are very chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, we need runs on the board, and we weren’t con­fi­dent that if we played Fa­heem at 7, fol­lowed by four bowlers, we were giv­ing our­selves the best chance of mak­ing enough runs.”

Arthur re­vealed that the team’s en­vi­ron­ment ‘ is ab­so­lutely fine’ and he was en­cour­aged by Pak­istan’s sec­ond in­nings fight back, Pak­istan scored 294 runs in their sec­ond in­nings mak­ing South Africa bat again.Agen­cies

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