Karachi Kings should drop Umer Khan: Rashid Latif


Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif has advised Karachi Kings to drop left-arm spinner Umer Khan from the side, ahead of their remaining matches in ongoing Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL).

While speaking in a YouTube video, Latif questioned the impact of left-arm spinners in Pakistan.

“Karachi Kings retains Usama Mir every year but does not give him matches. Aamir Yamin is unfit now so what they should bring in Usama and drop Umer Khan. Arshad Iqbal should also be brought back in the side,” said Latif. “I don’t see left-arm spinners having much of an impact here [in Pakistan] because this is not Dubai. There is no point in playing a spinner if you are conceding 35-40 runs for one wicket because a fast-bowler can also do the same.”

Earlier, former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja had also made a similar point while talking about Kings’ defeat at the hands of Qalandars.

“Karachi played two-left arm spinners against Ben Dunk, knowing that Dunk had scored heavily against Mohammad Nawaz in the game against Quetta. Karachi should have learned from Quetta’s experience of bowling against Dunk and should have instead given Usama Mir a go,” said Raja. “There is a possibility that Usama Mir could have gone for runs as well, but he has big height and his googly might have worked against Dunk. I believe that was big tactical mistake from Karachi.”

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