The string of lackadaisical displays of Pakistan stretched for one more game as the green shirts were defeated by West Indies in their opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament. Batting first, Pakistan produced an appalling batting show which consisted of only 105 runs. Without any surprise, West Indies made a mockery of the chase by sealing the contest inside 14 overs.
Asif Ali, Pakistan’s middle order explosive batsman, was a notable absentee as Haris Sohail received an opportunity. Seeing this move frustrated the former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram who recently highlighted the significance of a batsman of Asif’s stature.
The cricketer turned commentator opined that in a batting line-up like Pakistan which is full of anchors, it is only natural to have the firepower of the 27-year old player. Revisiting Pakistan’s slogging conundrum, the 52-year old advised green team to have faith in the abilities of Asif.
In addition to that, the Lahore born shared his views on captain Sarfaraz Ahmed as he urged him to come up the order and use his strike-rotation skills. Pakistan’s next game will be against the high-quality English side on June 3 at Nottingham.