While Pakistan is relying heavily on the prowess of all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, his struggles against the top sides of the cricketing world has given the country a major headache. The astute cricketer provides a fantastic balance to this side but his harmless outings against strong teams continue to disturb Pakistan’s plans as they prepare to step into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 event.
In the one-off T20I against England, the 25-year old cricketer was hammered by English skipper Eoin Morgan as Faheem conceded 43 runs of 20 balls of his 4-over spell. Outside Asia where we usually witness flat tracks, the Islamabad United cricketer’s bowling economy becomes 8.73 and it further swells to 10.06 if games against Scotland and Zimbabwe are excluded from the list.
Moreover, the Kasur born player has also struggled with the bat and Pakistan sees him as a power-hitter down the order. While these stats belong to T20I cricket, his ODI numbers aren’t much different. In the presence of such digits, the green shirts might feel reluctant to play Faheem ahead of specialist pacers. However, the five-game ODI series against England presents an ideal opportunity for Faheem to make a strong case for himself.