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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.