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Does Fakhar Zaman merit a place in the T20I team of Pakistan?

Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan’s opening batsman, has been following a declining curve from some time. While he did well in his last ODI series against Sri Lanka, the belligerent batsman is unable to record fruitful outings in the shortest format of the game.

His shoddy run stretched to the Australia T20Is where Pakistan badly needed him to fire. Since the tri-series in Zimbabwe, where the 29-year old recorded his career-best performance in the final against Australia, Fakhar has only scored 110 runs across 12 T20I innings. With an average of less than 10, Fakhar’s highest score during this duration is only 24 runs.

The numbers take a further dip when we explore his performances in the ongoing year as the Mardan born mustered 50 runs in 8 innings to average only 6.25. In two of his last three T20I innings, Fakhar recorded a golden duck.

All this raises a massive question on his place in the T20I unit of Pakistan. However, another troubling aspect is that the boys in green don’t have any other aggressive opener knocking the doors of the team which adds a lot of complication in this situation.