[EXCLUSIVE] "Instability is hurting Pakistan Cricket": Mohammad Abbas

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Nov 25, 2023
Mohammad Abbas' Test career for Pakistan is filled with multiple achievements. He has taken over 600 first-class wickets at a staggering average of just 21. From trimming the bails of Ben Stokes in England to rattling the Aussies in the UAE, Abbas has been a vital cog in Pakistan's Test success over the past few years. Despite his incredible numbers, Abbas has been consistently overlooked for national selection and he played his last Test match for Pakistan in 2021 against the West Indies.

However, the Test seamer has found a home in Hampshire where he has been performing incredibly well for his County side. PakPassion is thrilled to have Abbas for an exclusive interview with Saj Sadiq where he discusses his County experience, the state of Pakistan cricket, and reflects on his career.

The topics discussed in this interview include:

County stint at Hampshire and absence from international cricket: Satisfaction over his exceptional stats and form in red-ball cricket, gratitude towards Hampshire County for their continued support and his optimism regarding a possible comeback into the national side.

On Jason Gillespie's appointment as Test Coach: His belief that PCB needs to be a patient with the new coach and needs to afford him the proper opportunity to sort out problems in the national side.

Lack of communication, political interference and player security: The value of good communication and benefits of a hands-off approach as essential ingredients for the growth of cricket in Pakistan.

On Pakistan's dismal performance in the ICC T20 World Cup: One of the most frustrating experiences as a fan and player.

Over the top criticism of the Pakistan team: Emphasized the need of constructive criticism for the betterment of the team.

Lessons from County Cricket: Experience of playing in the County circuit as fruitful and beneficial for young cricketers, especially for the cricketers from Pakistan

Underutilized talent in Pakistan cricket: Termed the lack of stability and uncertainty the main reason behind the underutilization of immense great talent in Pakistan.

Watch Full Interview here:

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Bearing in mind his great current run in the County Championship, I think we need to offer him another chance into the national side. Hopefully if he gets selected into the Test squad then will do wonder under the aegis of Jason Gillespie.
He is a champion bowler.

If he is taking wickets easily on these flat tracks of UK so just imagine him bowling on a New York pitch!
PCB discarded him as they always do with a talented guy who is having a bad patch. Abbas should have played more games because he is basically as accurate as you need a bowler to be.

He is right about the Instability factor in PCB. has been the case for decades.
PCB has mishandled him instead of making him GOAT of Test cricket
His views on comparing English domestic cricket and Pakistan domestic cricket and how it is run are alarming.

We seem to be running Pakistan domestic cricket in a very haphazard and disorganised way, which does the players no favours.