Pak to retain same side for 2nd Test; selectors differ

Pakistan selectors are considering playing rookie fast bowler Mohammad Talha in the second Test.

Written by Agencies | Karachi | Published:February 27, 2009 6:01 pm

Pakistan selectors are considering playing rookie fast bowler Mohammad Talha in the second Test against Sri Lanka even though coach Intikhab Alam has hinted at retaining the same 12 for the match starting in Lahore on Sunday.

“There is no need for changes because I think the players did a remarkable job in the first Test after Sri Lanka made over 600 runs. I think the effort to take five wickets in the second innings was also top class,” Alam said today.

However,selectors have other ideas and are planning to drop fast bowler Sohail Khan,who went wicketless in the first Test,and play Talha who has had a very good domestic season.

The tall scores posted in the first Test in Karachi may have set a host of records but the drab encounter didn’t do any good for the game with everyone criticising the pitch.

Alam,though,hoped the track in Lahore would be better and said it looked firm and had some bounce.

“I think it is a better track but let us see what happens,” he said.

The former Pakistan skipper said the same 12 was retained because they could handle any conditions.

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