Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
Former Pakistan Test cricketer, Iqbal Qasim believes that either Imam-ul-Haq or Fakhar Zaman should be dropped in order for pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain to come into the playing XI. The opening pair hasn’t had a profitable tournament so far and has failed to provide any substantial starts for Pakistan.
Qasim feels that both openers haven’t been playing well enough at the World Cup to keep their spot in the side intact and any other player can score more than these two batsmen. Imam has scored 205 runs in seven matches, which includes a fifty, at an average of 29.28. As for Fakhar, he has accumulated 173 runs in seven games, which includes a half-century, at an average of 24.71.
“The openers are not delivering for the team. If I were the captain or head coach, I would have taken action and ensured one of the openers Imam or Fakhar make way for Hussnain. The number of runs these openers are scoring and that too inconsistently, any other player could score same or even more runs for the team,” Qasim said.
Meanwhile, fast-bowler, Hasnain is yet to make his World Cup debut but has featured in five ODIs to date, where he has taken five wickets at an average of 60.60.