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Ex-Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif feels that opening batsman Fakhar Zaman will be the “x-factor” for the national team at the World Cup, which begins next month.
Zaman has enjoyed a lot of success in ODI cricket thus far as he has amassed 1,442 runs in 31 matches, which includes three centuries and nine half-centuries, at an average of 53.40.
The 29-year-old, whose highest ODI score is 210 not out, also holds the record for being the fastest batsman to accumulate 1,000 runs in the format.
Pakistan are currently in England and have played two one-day warm-up matches against Kent and Northamptonshire. In those matches, Zaman has scored 76 and 101 respectively.
He even took two wickets in the game against Kent.
“Fakhar Zaman is the x-factor, he will not click in [all] nine games but if [he] clicks against the four top sides, Pakistan is bound to win that match,” Latif was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.