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Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail believes that all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez should occupy the No. 3 spot in the national team.
Hafeez was included in Pakistan’s squad for the recently concluded five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. However, to the surprise of many, including Sohail, he was not picked for a single match.
“I feel that Hafeez is still ideal for the number 3 slot and I was surprised that he didn’t play even one ODI match recently in Zimbabwe,” Sohail wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “When you are playing the World Cup in England, you need a third opener batting at number three and someone who can bat well against the new ball and who has experience.”
Sohail also noted that since all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who bowls off-spin like Hafeez, is excelling in his role lower down the order and making useful contributions with the ball, Pakistan have opted to pick him instead of Hafeez, who has been reported for a suspicious bowling action on numerous occasions.
“The problem for Hafeez is that since Shoaib Malik is performing well with the bat and he can bowl a few off-spinners when needed so the preference is for Shoaib Malik at the moment,” Sohail wrote. “Both Hafeez and Malik have similar levels of experience but I would like to see Mohammad Hafeez batting at number 3 in the ODI team and Sarfaraz at number 7.”