Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi believes that Fakhar Zaman and Sharjeel Khan should open the innings for Pakistan in T20 cricket.
Currently, the skipper of Pakistan National Cricket Team Babar Azam opens the innings with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan in the T20 format.
Shahid Afridi feels that Sharjeel and Fakhar possess the capability to deliver excellent performance in powerplay overs.
“Everyone has their opinion but I think that Fakhar Zaman and Sharjeel Khan should be Pakistan’s openers in T20 cricket. Even if one of them clicks, we will win the game inside the first six overs,” Afridi was quoted as saying on his official YouTube channel.
Shahid Afridi clearly mentioned that he is not happy with Fakhar Zaman’s batting position and reckons that he is made to be an opener of the team. He asserted:
“I’m not happy with Fakhar Zaman’s batting position. I don’t know who has told him to bat at number five or six because he has played as an opener throughout his career. Our team needs an opener like him who can score as many runs as possible in the first six overs,”
Meanwhile, Sharjeel Khan had an excellent run in the National T20 Cup smashing 339 runs for Sindh including one hundred and a fifty. However, he is not part of the World Cup lineup. On the other side Fakhar Zaman, who was part of the travelling reserve for Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad has made it into the final 15-member squad replacing Khushdil Shah.
Azam Khan Doesn’t Have The Required Form And Fitness – Shahid Afridi
Other than Fakhar, Pakistan has made a couple of more changes in the T20 World Cup 2021 squad as they have added Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali in the final 15-member squad replacing Mohammad Hasnain and Azam Khan.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has opined that Azam Khan should not be part of the national team as he doesn’t have form and fitness. Afridi said:
“No, he [Azam Khan] should not be part of the side right now. He doesn’t have the required form and fitness. He needs to work really hard on them and especially his fitness.”