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Salman Butt criticises Wasim Akram over his statement of workload management of Haris Rauf

Akram had said that Haris will be “broken” if he is not given rest, as quoted by Pakistan news channel Geo TV.
Salman Butt-Wasim Akram
Salman Butt-Wasim Akram (Source: Twitter)

Pakistan Cricket team is having a great time on the field as they won the fifth T20I against England on Wednesday by six runs. They’re currently leading the seven-match series by 3-2 with two more games to be played. Fast Bowler Haris Rauf, who scripted an incredible win for the ‘Men in Green’ in the fourth T20I of the series, was lauded by the fans and former cricketers alike following his performance.

However, Pakistan’s bowling legend Wasim Akram lashed out at the team management for not providing adequate rest to the star pacer. Akram had said that Haris will be “broken” if he is not given rest, as quoted by Pakistan news channel Geo TV. Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt, however, doesn’t agree with Akram. On his YouTube channel, Butt insisted that Haris is not an all-format player and thus, doesn’t have much workload.

“He doesn’t play Tests. He hasn’t even made debut. He has hardly reached double figures in ODIs. He’s only played T20Is. Shaheen had a way more of a workload than Haris, the latter doesn’t even have that big of a run-up. He has a smooth action too,” Butt said.

“Haris is fitter than other bowlers. He is stronger. He doesn’t have any workload of multiple-day cricket. Does he have a workload of four overs? I have no idea why he said that. He might be looking at him more closely, or maybe he has a niggle. But according to me, I don’t think he has any workload. Yes, during the series, you can rest him for 1-2 matches because he has played four back-to-back games. But you can’t compare him with Shaheen because he is playing all three formats,” Butt further said.

After a thrilling victory in the fourth match, Pakistan once again managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the fifth game. After being put in to bat first, Pakistan got all out for 145 in 19 overs. Mohammed Rizwan was the top scorer of the innings, with 63 runs off 46 balls.

England failed to chase down the target despite a brilliant half-century from their skipper Moeen Ali, who scored 51 off 37 balls. Spinners Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan tightened the screw on England batters as they only gave away 41 runs in eight overs picking up one wicket each.

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