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Saqlain Mushtaq wants more junior teams’ tours

Saqlain Mushtaq wants more junior teams’ tours

In recent years, Pakistan hasn’t been a great travelling side as the boys in green failed to deliver impressive shows on foreign tours. Most of the times, batters were unable to assess the conditions quickly which led to their demise. This can be attributed to the recent drought of junior teams’ foreign tours.

Recently, former Pakistan cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq raised the issue as the spin wizard wants Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to plan efficiently. Highlighting the importance of ameliorating the skills of young guns, the 42-year old said that more Under-19 and A team tours are the need of the hour for Pakistan.

Saqlain also went on to cite the example of Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne who replaced Steve Smith in Ashes series and looked really impressive. The veteran of 49 Tests and 169 ODIs said that youngsters should enter the senior side fully prepared and not look to get developed there. He allowed a bit of transition period, but insisted that the major work needs to be done while they play for the junior teams. It remains to be seen how PCB responds to Saqlain’s suggestion.