Originally Posted by Gowza
anyone his batting isn't really the issue imo. if you're going to bat at #7 or lower you need to be a strong contributor with the ball. zia's batting would be fine, in actual fact it would be a great bonus if he was a quality bowler adding good value to the bowling unit. but since he rarely bowls and rarely contributes in anyway let alone a significant one with the ball, then his batting becomes the main reason for his selection and i'm sorry but i think if someone is going to be selected as the quicker scorer down the order and he isn't being utilised as a bowler then they need to be a batsman who can play pretty well in lots of different situations rather than just someone who slogs. because basically zia is playing as a specialist batsman and there is no way we can consider him to be specialist batsman quality, he needs to have a good array of shots, be able to take singles as well so that he can be pushed up the order if wanted.
Just because Mushfiq hasn't used Zia doesn't make him a bad bowler! The guy took 144 wkts from 55 FC games at an average of 25 with 5 five wkt hauls. In comparison Mahmudullah averages 33 per wkt on pitches that suit him more than Zia
What i am saying is that until we see him bowl consistently we won't know if he is useful or not. We already have a spin bowling all rounder in Shakib and to an extent Naeem, Nasir so what we are missing is a pace bowling all rounder. Even though Zia will clearly not be the next Kallis... if developed he could do the job Klusner, Darren Sammy, Tom Moody did/does for other teams