Ben Duckett admits to limited video footage of Abrar Ahmed ahead of 2nd Test
Ben Duckett (Source: Twitter/ Pakistan Cricket)
English batter Ben Duckett has admitted that he along with many players in the squad didn't witness enough footage of Pakistan spinner Abrar Ahmed.
The debutant Abrar emerged as the wrecker-in-chief for Pakistan in the second fixture of the bilateral Test series against England, which commenced on Friday at Multan.
Although the Three Lions continued their bazball approach, Abrar was magical to induce a sharp turn to clean up Zak Crawley and bag his first Test wicket. He then dismissed Ben Duckett, who slammed 63 off 49.
Abrar continued his strong showing to send Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Will Jacks back to the hut. In the end, England finished on 281, with Abrar ending with figures of 7/114 in 22 overs.
Interestingly, Abrar received a national call-up after he turned out to be the leading wicket-taker in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2022-23 with 43 wickets in seven games.
Duckett spoke on England becoming a victim to Abrar on his debut Test. He reckoned that the English team watched limited footage of the spinner, as he had not started his career yet.
However, the 28-year-old lauded Abrar for his terrific abilities and hoped that England will have answers to his magic balls in the second innings.
"When anyone starts their career you don't see much of them. We had limited footage and I'm sure different players looked at as much or as less as they wanted. I didn't look at much footage," said Duckett.
At the end of Day 1, Pakistan have garnered 107 for the loss of two wickets in 28 overs. After Imam Ul Haq and Abdullah Shafique fell cheaply, Babar Azam (61) and Saud Shakeel (32) have done well for the hosts.