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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has revealed that the national team will depend heavily on openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq during the World Cup.
Zaman and Imam have established themselves as Pakistan’s go-to openers, and have both enjoyed a lot of success in the 50-over format.
In the 31 ODIs he has played, Zaman has scored 1,442 runs, which includes a double century, at an average of 53.40.
As for Imam, he has accumulated 1,153 runs in 24 ODIs, which includes five centuries and five fifties, at an average of 54.90.
In addition to this, Zaman holds the record for being the fastest batsmen to amass 1,000 ODI runs, while Imam sits in second place.
“We will depend a lot on Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “I am very hopeful that these two, Fakhar and Imam, will perform well for Pakistan in the World Cup.”
Sarfraz added that all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik will also be key to Pakistan’s World Cup campaign.
“Mohammad Hafeez is a key player, alongside Shoaib Malik and we will try and make as much use of their experience as possible,” he said.
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.