‘Where do you rate these three? You can’t even rate them in Pakistan” | locust
Pakistan had recently announced their squad for the 2022 Asian Cup which saw the notable omission of Shoaib Malik. Instead, Pakistan opted to bring the likes of Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah into the middle order, and captain Babar Azam backed the trio in a recent pre-departure press conference. of the squad for the Netherlands, where Pakistan play three ODIs before the continent. tournament in the UAE.
“When senior players leave the team, those who replace them have to concentrate. (Mohammad) Hafeez and Malik were huge players and we will miss them very much, and players like Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah and Iftikhar (Ahmed) have to fill their boots,” Babar said.
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However, former Pakistani cricketer Aaqib Javed isn’t too optimistic about the trio’s presence, insisting they don’t inspire the same levels of confidence in the middle order as their predecessors, as former captains Younis Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf among others.
“We don’t have players like Younis Khan, Inzamam, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik or Mohammad Hafeez. They have been constant for 10 to 12 years. They were in the top 10 in the world with consistency. When you talk about the intermediate order now, we have Asif Ali, Khushdil, Iftikhar… where would you rate these three? You can’t even rate them in Pakistan,” Aaqib said in an interaction with paktv.tv.
“Why do we call Babar Azam the best in the world? Because it is number 1 in the ICC ranking. Every time he knocks, we feel safe. If you look at the whole team, we have Imam-ul-Haq, who has proven to have talent and temperament. Babar is there. Rizwan is there in the T20s. In all three formats, we only have Babar who has proven himself. I don’t remember any other name. If you look at India or any other top team, you’ll see 5-6-7 players who are consistently in the top 10 or top 20 in all three formats. This is the reason for the discrepancy,” he added.
Aaqib also says there are no replacements for the trio which could cause problems for Pakistan.
“The moment these guys lose confidence, we don’t have another batter for the spread. Because we only have these three. We have no other choice. We haven’t developed any other hitters and I don’t think they even pay attention to it,” he said.