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Last Update on: March 27th, 2023 at 12:34 pm

During the second T20I match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Simon Doull and Aamer Sohail got into an argument on-air about Babar Azam’s strike rate.

The controversy began when Doull stated that Pakistan skipper Babar Azam should not open for the squad in T20Is and that Saim and Haris should instead begin alongside Rizwan.

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Sohail argued that Babar Azam is the best batsman in the team and he should open the innings. He also pointed out that Babar Azam has a strike rate of over 130 in T20Is. Doull countered by saying that Babar Azam’s strike rate is not as good as it should be for an opener and that he should bat in the middle order. He also said that Babar Azam’s strike rate is not as good as other openers in the world.

“Babar Azam is hands down the best #3 batsman in the world. He should not open for Pakistan. Saim and Haris should open with Rizwan in T20Is,”Simon Doull said.

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Aamer Sohail, a former Pakistani cricketer, and broadcaster disputed Doull’s assertion and insisted that T20 teams are chosen using averages rather than strike rates, highlighting the fact that averages are more important than strike rates.

“The T20 teams are selected on the basis of averages and not strike rates. The averages are more important than strike rates,” he said.

The 56-year-old also used two of the top T20 players in the world, Chris Gayle and AB De Villiers, as examples of players with a relatively low strike rate but a higher average.

“I don’t care about the strike rate, I look for the average. If you talk about the best players in T20I like Chris Gayle and AB De Villiers, what is the strike rate between 135 and 137?” Aamer questioned.

Sohail was corrected by Simon Doull, who noted that AB De Villiers’ strike rate is 145 and Chris Gayle’s strike rate is 158. Then, when Sohail had said that AB de Villiers has a strike rate of roughly 137, Simon Doull inquired as to what Babar’s strike rate was. In lieu of simply answering the query, Sohail added, “Last time I checked..” before drawing a conclusion.

Yesterday, Pakistan was defeated by Afghanistan in the second match by seven wickets

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