Shahid Afridi, the previous Pakistan all-rounder, reckoned that the left-handed duo of Fakhar Zaman and Sharjeel Khan ought to open the batting for the Males in Inexperienced within the shortest format- T20 cricket. However, of late, Pakistan has used their skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan as their two openers within the shorter format.
However Shahid Afridi mentioned that Fakhar Zaman and Sharjeel Khan possess the flexibility to place Pakistan within the driver’s seat within the powerplay itself. Sharjeel Khan has proven ominous type within the current Nationwide T20 Cup, scoring 339 runs for Sindh with one century and a half-century in 9 matches averaging 37.66, however he isn’t in Pakistan’s squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Sharjeel Khan plundered 338 runs within the 11 innings that he performed within the PSL this yr, averaging 30.75, and what was spectacular was the truth that he scored his runs at a strike price of near 150. He has additionally performed 21 T20Is for Pakistan and has amassed 406 runs within the worldwide area.
Shahid Afridi Feels Fakhar Zaman and Sharjeel Khan Ought to Be Pakistan’s Openers In T20Is
Fakhar Zaman, then again, was initially part of the travelling reserve for the occasion within the UAE. However he made his approach into the principle 15-member squad, swapping positions with Khushdil Shah, as PCB introduced modifications after the squad was chosen.
“Everybody has their opinion however I feel that Fakhar Zaman and Sharjeel Khan needs to be Pakistan’s openers in T20 cricket. Even when one in every of them clicks, we are going to win the sport inside the primary six overs,” Afridi was quoted as saying on his official YouTube channel.
Shahid Afridi, who final performed worldwide cricket in 2018, was of the opinion that Fakhar Zaman, who’s taking part in for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within the Nationwide T20 Cup, isn’t outfitted to bat within the center order.
“I’m not pleased with Fakhar Zaman’s batting place. I don’t know who has informed him to bat at quantity 5 or 6 as a result of he has performed as an opener all through his profession. Our staff wants an opener like him who can rating as many runs as doable within the first six overs,” he acknowledged.
Aside from roping in Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan made two extra modifications of their squad for the World Cup. They drafted Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali and omitted Mohammad Hasnain and Azam Khan. Sohaib Maqsood was additionally lastly dominated out of the showpiece occasion as a consequence of a sustained decrease again harm and was changed by senior batsman Shoaib Malik. Fakhar Zaman, initially named a journey reserve, has swapped locations with Khushdil Shah.
Shahid Afridi: Azam Khan Wants To Work Actually Onerous On Type And Health
Shahid Afridi was clear-cut in saying that Azam Khan must work on his type and health to turn into an everyday member of the Pakistan nationwide squad.
“No, he [Azam Khan] shouldn’t be a part of the aspect proper now. He doesn’t have the required type and health. He must work actually exhausting on them and particularly his health,” Afridi added.
Azam Khan has featured in solely three T20Is in his profession and has aggregated solely six runs in two innings. Nonetheless, his exploits in home T20 competitions had helped him seal a berth within the ICC T20I World Cup 2021 squad earlier than he was dropped once more for skilled Sarfaraz Ahmed.