Pakistani former test cricket player Mushtaq Ahmed advised Sarfraz Ahmed
to make the team’s combination based on the situation
if they want to achieve something big from the upcoming World Championship,
scheduled for May 30 to July 14 in England and Wales.
“Combination is most important at major events such as the World Cup.
Sarfraz and team management should try to frame the best possible combination for the mega event,” he said while speaking exclusively in ARY News ‘show’ sports room.
Mushtaq, who was a member of the 1992 winning team in Pakistan, said the circumstances in England are tough, but that an ODI series with five games against the hosts and one of the favorites to win the World Cup was a play an important role for men in the green.
“Now it depends on team management how they play the series against England. This series must remain their focus because it will reveal the temperament of players. You must test players in this series and try to make a strong combination,” said Mushtaq.
He thought Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman important for the upcoming multi-nation tournament because their opening pair chemistry can kill Pakistan.
“It’s a game of 50 and you need your openers as strong as a bull to put a good total on the scoreboard. I think Imam and Fakhar can give Pakistan an ideal start because you play with patience and the others know he has to race in total, “he said.
Former leg spinner also commented on Shadab Khan’s role for the World Cup and asked him to think about taking a wicket on each ball.
“He must concentrate on his variations and try to make the ball fly,” he said.
When asked about an in-experience pace attack, Mushtaq said that someone should take the lead. “I think Junaid is the bowler who can take command of Pakistan’s pacifist attack,” said Mushtaq, adding that if Amir performs well against England, his integration will add more stability to the Wolrd Cup team in Pakistan.
It is relevant to note here that Pakistan is currently in England, where they will play an ODI series with five games against the hosts from May 8 onwards. They had won two of the three ODI tournaments against Kent and Northamptonshire respectively.
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