Ex-Pak cricketers want younger team after ICC rout

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Islamabad, Oct. 5 (ANI): In the wake of Pakistan's five-wicket rout against New Zealand in the Champions Trophy semi-final, former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board to start looking for a younger team.

"I think it's high time that we should start looking for young batsmen who could play for 10 years. The only silver lining was that we found a young batsman in Umar Akmal, and we should look for more such batsmen," the Daily Times quoted Raza, as saying.

"We should immediately start grooming these youngsters and give them chance in the senior team."

Raja said that Umar Akmal's innings proved that senior batsmen should be gone from one-day cricket.

"Umar showed what a youngster could do in international cricket, provided he be given a proper chance," Raja said.

Former Test bowler Sarfraz Nawaz said that Pakistan Captain Younis Khan should concentrate on playing Tests.

"I think he should quit 50-over game, too. It's just because of him that the batting combination is not clicking. How can you bat with a broken finger in an international tournament? It was not a club tournament. It was an event in which the world's top eight countries participated," he said.

Khan had broken his finger during the warm-up game and dropped Grant Elliott on 42. That proved costly as he went on to make an unbeaten 75. (ANI)

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