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Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail feels that veteran batsman Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq shouldn’t be dropped following their disappointing performances in the three-Test series against South Africa.
Azhar scored 59 runs at an average of 9.83, while Shafiq accumulated 186 runs at an average of 31.
Sohail pointed out that all talented players go through rough patches, and urged everyone to give the duo time to bounce back and regain their touch with the bat.
“There has been a lot of criticism regarding Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq and their place in the team is now being questioned,” he wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “My view is that the best players in the world go through bad times and struggle from series to series, but you have to stick with your experienced players.
“Look at the case of Hashim Amla who has been playing for a longer period of time than say, Azhar Ali. He has been struggling as of late, but he was still favoured by the selectors due to his immense experience as they knew that he was only one good innings away from regaining his form. So, he was given the backing and he worked hard and justified the vote of confidence in his abilities by South Africa coach Ottis Gibson.
“The coach was confident that despite Amla’s below par form, they would work with him and hopefully he would come good, and that is what happened as we saw in the series. So, let’s not talk about dropping such good players and if you do wish to drop them, think about the options you have to replace them and you will find we don’t have many.
“Also, with the fast approaching World Cup in England, I believe we should not talk too much of large-scale changes as teams thrive on confidence and stability and now would not be a time for upheavals.”