Pakistan entered their first World Cup game against West Indies, leaving out explosive power hitter Asif Ali from the playing XI. The contentious decision to exclude Asif soon attracted ire from the Twitter community, who pointed to his prolific record against England in the recently concluded ODI series.
Asif’s gifted knack of hitting towering sixes is badly needed by the Pakistan side that is mostly filled with accumulators who tend to bat on the slower side. The 27-year-old easily possesses the best strike rate in the Pakistan squad, boasting an impressive statistic of 131.03, which makes his inclusion in the team all the more pertinent.
Asif was recently struck by personal tragedy as his 19-month-old daughter passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) opted to give him time to spend with his grieving family before the World Cup, before he joined the squad during the warm-up fixtures.