Former Pakistani pacesetter Aaqib Javed has come out and made a strong statement about Babar Azam and his strike rate in T20Is. Javed claimed that in big chases, having Babar and Mohammad Rizwan can be detrimental to Pakistan as they are similar players and they tend to let the required run rate get too high. Javed, the Cricket director for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), also said the team roster for the T20 World Cup is still “questionable”, especially raising questions about batting composition.
“When you knew the World Cup was happening, and even today, the roster is questionable. Because they should have done this six or eight months ago, that this is our squad of 20 players. And there’s a reason for that,” Javed said. Sports Paktv.
“You have openers, No. 3, middle order, lower middle order … you should know what your batting composition is.”
“If someone gets out early, who can come to consolidate, build up a little bit and score quickly later…I don’t see someone like that in the team,” said Javed.
“And that’s become the mindset that we need to keep these two openers. The two openers are effective, but where? For scores below 150-160. That’s what they’re good for,” he claimed.
“When we play against Karachi and we have a total of 180 or so, we have never tried too hard or wanted too much to get Babar Azam out. Because he plays at his own pace and keeps increasing the required pace,” said Javed.
“Rizwan is also similar. He played very well in the PSL, no doubt, but when these two play together, you have two artists of the same type.”
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