What is Mahmood backing Faheem to do?

Azhar Mahmood Faheem Ashraf can become great all-rounder for Pakistan in the future cricket

Azhar Mahmood: “He has great potential with both bat and ball and can become a great all-rounder for Pakistan in the future”

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Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood is confident that all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has the potential to become a “a great all-rounder for Pakistan in the future”.

Faheem has been used sporadically by Pakistan as of late, as in the recent tour of South Africa, he only played the third Test, two out of the five ODIs and two out of the three Twenty20 Internationals.

In the one Test he played, he scored 15 runs at an average of 7.50 and took six wickets at an average of 16.50.

In the two ODIs, he failed to score any runs or pick up any wickets.

As for the Twenty20 Internationals, he accumulated 12 runs at an average of six and claimed three wickets at an average of 24.66.

“Faheem Ashraf has received a lot of criticism in the recent past, but the fact is that whenever he has been given an opportunity, he has done alright apart from one match in South Africa,” Mahmood wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “I feel that by and large whether it’s with the new ball or the old ball, he has done well.

“Despite some poor performances, I still have faith in his batting, and to me he is one innings away from finding his feet in international cricket as a batsman.

“I’ve seen Faheem batting in the nets and the way he can hit the ball makes me believe that he has great potential with both bat and ball and can become a great all-rounder for Pakistan in the future.”

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