Former Pakistan batsman Bazid calls for better first-class structure

Former Pakistan batsman Bazid Khan, who is the nephew of current Prime Minister Imran Khan, feels the players do not get a chance to go back to the first-class structure to work on their weakness.

Pakistan cricket team in action against India at Old Trafford in Manchester.   -  AP

Former Pakistan batsman Bazid Khan believes Pakistan needs to fix its first-class structure to regain its footing in world cricket. Son of Pakistan legend Majid Khan and nephew of current Prime Minister Imran Khan, Bazid played a lone Test and five ODIs between 2004-2008.

“Pakistan has never had a good first-class structure and the players never had a structure to fall back on. The players don’t get the opportunity to go back to the first-class structure and work on their weakness,” Bazid, now a commentator, told Sportstar at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Bazid Khan.   -  Shayan Acharya

 

After Pakistan’s 150-run defeat to India in a World Cup fixture on Sunday, the fans across the border have slammed the players for a listless show.

“It happens every time Pakistan comes to a big tournament and doesn’t do well. We lose focus from the actual problem. We have not been doing well in one-day cricket for quite a while. The Champions Trophy win came out of the blue. Either side of it, our team hasn’t done well, especially in ODI cricket. That should be the focus,” Bazid said. “You got to look at the whys and answer why Pakistan cricket is way behind in world cricket.”