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Former Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Zahid believes that batsman Asad Shafiq should be dropped as he has not lived up to expectations despite being given numerous opportunities to do so.
Shafiq put up a dismal performance in the first Test against South Africa in Centurion as he scored seven and six.
Given that he is supposed to lead by example as he is one of the senior players in the side, Zahid feels that it is time for someone else to take his place and show their worth.
“Asad Shafiq has been touted as one of the mainstays of the Pakistan Test side, especially after the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan,” Zahid wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “I feel that he has been given too many chances, but his performances have not been that consistent.
“After all, it’s the runs that a batsman scores which sets him apart from others and is the justification for his presence in the side. Just having good technique that is pleasing to the eye doesn’t mean you are an automatic pick for the side and that is Asad’s problem too. He will need to be replaced for the next match with a better player which could make the difference for the series.
“It will also serve as a reminder for Asad that he is not indispensable and may turn out to be a good move in the long run.”
Meanwhile, Zahid is pleased with Azhar Ali’s performances as of late, but admitted that he wants to see the 33-year-old make big scores in foreign territory.
“In comparison, Azhar Ali seems to be working hard and producing some good performances for Pakistan,” he wrote. “There will always be some matches that he will not do well but he has and continues to show some spark. But even he has to prove a lot to his critics and I would like to see him score some runs away from UAE in challenging conditions such as those that can be found in South Africa.”