‘Bad conditions’ to be blamed for my declining graph, says Yasir Shah

A handout file photo of spinner Yasir Shah speaking at an event.

KARACHI: Spinner Yasir Shah said Saturday that the reasons behind his declining  graph were “bad” pitch conditions, as he vowed that he would prove he is “still good enough” during the upcoming two-match Test series against South Africa.

Speaking during an online press conference after the Pakistan team’s training session on Saturday, the 34-year-old bowler defended the decline, saying that lately, he wasn’t getting spin-friendly conditions to bowl on.

“I am fit and playing. I know that I am 34 but I am doing well for the team. I will try to prove my worth in this series and try to prove here that I still have cricket left in me,” he said.

“A bowler’s performance is always linked with the conditions available to him. If spinners aren’t getting any support from the wicket then their role turns into the role of supporting bowlers and fast bowlers lead the attack. I know I’ve not been able to take wickets like I used to do in past, but that doesn’t mean that I bowl that bad,” Yasir said about his recent performances.

He said that the arrival of a top team like South Africa is a good sign for cricket in Pakistan that and it would give an opportunity to Pakistani youngsters who’ve been performing well in domestic cricket.

The senior spinner said that the team is preparing hard for the series but added that South African spinner Keshav Maharaj can pose a serious challenge to the home side.

“South Africa’s Maharaj has performed in all conditions and I believe that he can pose a serious threat in the series,” he said.

“New spinners are also coming to Pakistan’s camp and it is good to see them emerging and I hope they’ll be able to perform. The new spinners are very good. Nauman has great experience in domestic cricket, Sajid is [good] as well,” he said, about the new induction to the Pakistan squad.

Yasir added that ups and downs are part of any cricketer’s career. He said he aims to complete 300 Test wickets before he thinks about retirement.

“Ups and downs are part and parcel of a cricketer’s career. I am giving my best and making efforts to contribute to the team in whatever role management expects from me,” he concluded by saying.

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