Karachi:Besides their lack of Test match exposure, faulty technique of the Pakistani batsmen also led to their drubbing in Sri Lanka, believes former captain Rameez Raja.
With nearly all the visiting teams shunning Pakistan on security grounds, the team hardly played Test matches over the last couple of years. While it showed during their 0-2 defeat in Sri Lanka, Raja felt the flawed technique of their batsmen also played its part in the debacle.
"The technique of some of our players is suspect. They just don't know how to tackle good pace bowling, specially if the bowling is swinging in. Similarly they are fallible to good left-arm spin bowling, specially the armer," the former opener said.
Noting that most of the Pakistani batsmen played outside the line, he said, "These technical issues mean that when the pressure is on the batting crumbles badly."
He said although young openers Fawad Alam and Khurrum Manzoor have scored some runs in Sri Lanka, even they needed to improve their technique a lot to make a permanent place for themselves in the national team.
Raja also felt that Younus Khan had the ability to lead the side well but needed to have consistency and patience in his approach.
"It is a good thing he wants to achieve what Imran Khan did as captain. But for this he must remember he has a young side under him and he must realise they will give him lot of happiness as well as disappointments and he must remain patient.
"Younus must try to earn the respect of the players by guiding them through the pressure situations and tough times.
He must be consistent in his approach and not try to only give orders," Raja said.
Reacting to reports about groupism in the side, the former player said he didn't see any signs of discord but it is clear that the team could not afford anymore controversies.