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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja believes that opener Fakhar Zaman and batsman Asad Shafiq should both be dropped for the second Test against South Africa.
Raja’s comments come after Pakistan were comprehensively beaten by six wickets in the first Test in Centurion.
In that match, Zaman scored 12 in both innings, while Shafiq made seven and six respectively.
Explaining why both players should be sidelined for the second Test in Cape Town, Raja was quoted by the Business Recorder as saying: “Asad Shaifq is struggling so he shouldn’t play in the second Test. Likewise, Fakhar Zaman’s role as an opening batsman is a bit dicey because his batting doesn’t suit the conditions offered in South Africa, so he should be sidelined as well.”
Pakistan’s loss in Centurion comes after they were beaten 2-1 by New Zealand in a three-Test series in the United Arab Emirates.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s side will be looking to bounce back and level the series when the second Test gets underway on January 3.