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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has insisted that he is not concerned about opening batsman Fakhar Zaman’s disappointing run of form with the bat in the Asia Cup.
Zaman came into the Asia Cup on a high as he scored 515 runs in five ODIs against Zimbabwe, which included two centuries and two fifties, at an average of 257.50.
The 28-year-old made history during the series as he struck a career-best 210 not out in the fourth ODI.
He joined an elite club following his spectacular knock as he became just the sixth player to score a double century in ODI cricket. In addition to this, his knock was the fifth-highest in ODI history and the highest by a Pakistani batsman.
However, he has not been able to replicate that form in the ongoing Asia Cup, where he has accumulated 55 runs in four matches at an average of 13.75.
“We look at Fakhar Zaman, he’s an incredible player, he’s an X factor player and the guy who we have at the top of the order to take the game on, he’s doubting his game a little at the moment,” Arthur was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “We’ve just got to ride the wave with him and he’ll come through a better player with this.”
Zaman will have an opportunity to make his presence felt with the bat when Pakistan take on Bangladesh on Wednesday. The match is a virtual semi-final as the winner will progress to the final.