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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur is hoping that all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez excel at the World Cup in England and Wales later this year.
Both Malik and Hafeez are crucial batsmen in the middle order and could be potential spin bowling options should Pakistan need it during the tournament.
“The senior players will play a massive role at the World Cup. In big tournaments, you need guys who have been there and done it,” Arthur was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “I hope Hafeez and Malik have exceptional World Cups, because if they do, we’ll be getting enough runs to put pressure on the opposition.”
Arthur also admitted that the bowling attack has to get back to where it was when Pakistan triumphed at the Champions Trophy in England in 2017.
“I’m still of the opinion that our bowling attack won us the Champions Trophy and we have to get that up to the mark again,” he said. “Our batters will complement the bowling attack.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.