Shafiq eager to open in T20 Internationals

“In the limited over game openers have slightly more time to settle on the pitch than the rest of the batting line-up”

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Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq believes that he should be opening the batting in Twenty20 Internationals.

Shafiq, who has not played a Twenty20 International since February 2012, has been a middle order batsman in all formats throughout his international career, but he feels that he can be more of an asset and score more runs if he is promoted right to the top of the batting line-up.

The 31-year-old also feels that as an opener, it will give him more time to get settled into the game rather than coming in when the team are collapsing or when there are barely any overs remaining.

“In the limited over game openers have slightly more time to settle on the pitch than the rest of the batting line-up,” he told Dawn. “I feel I can perform better at the number one spot than any other position in the T20 squad.”

Shafiq is currently playing for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and admitted that he has enjoyed the experience, especially working alongside coaches Sir Vivian Richards and Moin Khan.

“Sir Richards and Moin Khan have both been very supportive as coaches and have always kept their feedback positive, even when there haven’t been runs on the board, they don’t criticise us but rather try and keep us in a positive frame of mind,” he said.

The Karachi native added that he wants the PSL final to be held in Lahore even though the city has been the target of a series of bomb blasts as of late.

While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are determined to hold the final of the second edition of the event in the city, they know it may not be possible now since many of the overseas players have expressed their concerns about travelling to Lahore.

“We are all really excited about playing the PSL final in Lahore, we have missed playing international cricket on home grounds,” Shafiq said.

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