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Ex-England captain Nasser Hussain has admitted that veteran Pakistan all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez will play key roles during the World Cup.
Both Malik and Hafeez were included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, and Hussain thinks the men in green will rely on their experience during the tournament.
However, while Hussain believes that it is useful to have the duo in the side, he added that Pakistan will have to ensure that they contribute with the bat and help in amassing large totals.
“They will be vital but Pakistan in general have to find a way of getting a score,” he told PakPassion. “When I see Pakistan and I see a batting line-up that can get them to around 280, then with their bowling line-up I think they are in the game.
“What they need and what Mickey Arthur will want is a batting line-up that can keep them in the game and not just have the wheels fall of. Hafeez and Malik with their experience have to work out what is a good score for their bowling line-up and conditions.
“Yes, they will be important but sometimes in Asian teams they rely too much on and focus too much on the senior players. Instead, what you should be looking at actually as a batting line-up are the players who are going to deliver regular scores and take the team up to scores of 300 or more.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.