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5 reasons why Faheem Ashraf should be dropped from the World Cup squad

5 reasons why Faheem Ashraf should be dropped from the World Cup squad

Faheem Ashraf, the Pakistani all-rounder, is the product of domestic cricket as he was selected for the first time in the team on the basis of his performance in the domestic circuit of Pakistan. Faheem Ashraf is a left-handed lower-order batsman and can bowl skidding medium pace as well. After his miserable performances in the recent past, fans and critiques are starting to doubt on his selection for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Here are the 5 reasons which will prove why Faheem Ashraf does not deserve the world cup spot.

" Below par performances with the bat "

Faheem Ashraf was selected as a pure all-rounder in Pakistan's squad in order to enhance the batting capabilities in the lower-order. But ever since his debut, he has failed to impress with the bat in hand. His power-hitting ability has not been exposed so far which is the need of the hour for Pakistan in the late middle-order and lower-order. Faheem only averages 12.41 in ODIs with the strike-rate of 80.97. He has only scored 90 runs in his last 7 ODI matches which does not make him an automatic candidate for the World Cup selection.

" Ordinary performance with the ball in hand "

Being an all-rounder means you have the ability to make an impact in every dimension of the game. But in Faheem Ashraf's case, his batting and bowling, both have been neutralized in the recent past. Making his debut in Champions Trophy 2017, Faheem showed glimpses of talent with the ball. But his stats stand in divergence to his journey for the World Cup. He averages 35.21 with the ball and he managed to pick up 19 wickets in 22 matches. Moreover, he has only been able to pick up 1 wicket in his last 6 ODIs taking his bowling average to a whopping figure of 191.

" Under-prepared for the International duties "

Pakistan selection committee has generally been prone to select players on the basis of their performance in the domestic circuit. A look on Faheem Ashraf's stats in the domestic shows that he has been favored a lot by the selectors. He only averages 16.35 with the bat in the List A and 16.51 in T20s (batting). These stats are not enough to match with the ever-increasing class of modern-day cricket.

" Unsuited for the longer format of the game "

Faheem Ashraf is yet to prove his credentials in the ODI format. He was selected on the basis of his performances in the domestic circuit and he has had some success in the T20I format as well (with the ball). But the ODI format is a concern for the 25-year all-rounder. Not a single performance from his side has made an impact in the ODI cricket for Pakistan. This infers that Faheem Ashraf is still not suited for the longer format of the game and World Cup demands tons of ability out of a player.

" More deserving players waiting in the queue "

This point dominates all the points mentioned above. Pakistan does have a lot of fast-bowling all-rounders in the domestic ranks. Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, and Anwar Ali are the names which can be looked upon. Aamer Yamin played 4 ODIs for Pakistan in which he averages 95. 

Anwar Ali's average in ODIs is 29.31, whereas Amad Butt is yet to make a debut for Pakistan but still has solid domestic stats behind him. Pakistan might need services of an extra fast bowler otherwise Mohammad Nawaz has been the best performer among all the others. 

On the other hand, Pakistan needs strike-bowlers to occupy the bench. They can chip in with Mohammad Amir in place of Faheem Ashraf in the World Cup squad. This might make Pakistan a batsman short but the way Faheem has performed with the bat, Amir won't be a bad choice provided that he has the ability to win matches with the ball.