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Arthur backs Asif Ali to come good for Pakistan

Arthur backs Asif Ali to come good for Pakistan

Following the embarrassing 5-0 whitewash from the hands of visitors Australia, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has labelled his team performance as ‘Disappointing’.

Speaking to the media, Arthur has made it clear that Sarfaraz Ahmed remains the team’s first-choice wicketkeeper, and stressed the importance of giving Asif Ali enough confidence to cement his spot at number six.

“Asif Ali can prove to be dangerous, he has talent. We [are] developing him for the No. 6 batting slot, [we] need to give him confidence,” Mickey stated.

In the 12 games he played for Islamabad United, Asif scored 281 runs, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 35.12 and a strike-rate of 182.46.

“In ODIs, you need to build an innings and those are things he’ll learn, we’ll keep developing him as he has the potential to be that finisher for us at number six,” he added.