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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed firmly believes that his side are “fully capable of scoring 300 to 350 runs” during the World Cup.
Pakistan have a number of talented batsmen in the top order, including openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, who are averaging 54.90 and 53.40 in ODI cricket respectively.
Babar Azam is also expected to play a crucial role as he is currently in seventh place on the ICC ODI batsmen rankings.
However, Sarfraz noted that since his team have a batting line-up that extends way down the order, large totals are a very possible reality during the World Cup.
“The team is fully capable of scoring 300 to 350 runs while setting up a target or chasing,” he told Dawn. “We have some very good players in the middle and lower order.
“Imad (Wasim) has been in superb batting form for the last two to three months. He has batted brilliantly [as] of late. We have Shoaib Malik who can be very handy. Then we have Faheem Ashraf as well who can hit the ball far. We have worked very hard with him in the camp. So, I am very hopeful that quick scoring down the order won’t be an issue.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.