Sarfraz reveals why Pakistan’s ODI squad has been on the rise

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Sarfraz Ahmed: “The reason why our ODI Cricket has improved so much is due to our youngsters”

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has attributed his side’s improvement in ODI cricket to young players standing up and making their presence felt.

Sarfraz pointed out that players like opening batsman Fakhar Zaman and pace bowler Hasan Ali have become such integral members of the squad after proving their worth and making their presence felt on a consistent basis.

With those players excelling at the international level, Pakistan have tasted a lot of success in ODI cricket. But, their biggest win, by far, as of late was their Champions Trophy triumph in England last year.

Sarfraz admitted his side gained a massive boost in morale and confidence after winning the Champions Trophy.

He added that Pakistan have used this morale and confidence to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

“We have a very young team and our job is to give confidence to our players,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion ahead of the Asia Cup. “The way we won the Champions Trophy gave a big boost to our morale and we have continued with very much the same team and we don’t want too many changes.

“We have given a lot of confidence to our young player and they are responding so well. Players like Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf are getting better day by day.

“The reason why our ODI Cricket has improved so much is due to our youngsters.”

Pakistan will begin their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong in Dubai on September 16, but when asked if he considers his side to be favourites going into the tournament, Sarfraz made it clear that he doesn’t want to look too far ahead.

“This is a great opportunity for participating teams and I wish them best of luck,” he said. “I will repeat what Rohit Sharma has said, which is that its better if we look at things series by series instead of looking too far ahead in the future.”

Meanwhile, Sarfraz admitted that Pakistan have a lot of tough series coming up in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup.

However, the 31-year-old once again stopped short of saying that his side will be one of the frontrunners to lift the coveted World Cup trophy next year.

“When we speak of the Pakistan team, we have a very tough year next year and whilst we can say that the journey to the World Cup has begun, we have series against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to play first,” he said. “By the time we get to the World Cup, we will have a clear idea of where we stand and what the strengths of our team are.”