Former Paksitan opener Ramiz Raja has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) selection committee needs to revise its policy following the International Cricket Council (ICC) banning the use of saliva in their latest set of regulations introduced to combat the spread of Covid-19.
Taking to his youtube channel “Ramiz Speaks”, Raja talked about the ban and how the Pakistan board needs to revise its selection policy when it comes to fast bowlers.
“During the absence of saliva to shine the ball, teams won’t be able to win sessions of a Test match through reverse swing and sideways movements,” said Raja.
“Only those bowlers will succeed now, who bowl at an accurate line and length just like in limited-overs cricket.” he added.
The cricketer-turned-commentator suggested the inclusion of Lahore Qalandars duo Dilbar Hussain and Haris Rauf as he believes that the two of them are have sheer accuracy and pace and can be lethal on English pitches.
“When you look for such bowlers, the first ones that come to mind are Dilbar and Rauf as they are both accurate and bowl at a good pace,” he said.
“With new regulations in place, these are precisely the kind of bowlers the selection committee will have to look at, ahead of Pakistan’s upcoming tour of England.” the former World Cup winner added.
Raja went on to speak about impact of the ban on certain spin bowlers and suggested some spinners that could still perform despite the ban.
“Spinners like Yasir Shah might not be that effective because they rely on shining the ball in order to deceive the batsman. Spinners like Mohammad Nawaz and Farzan Raja can be more effective due to their ability to bowl accurately with variations of pace.” he concluded.