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Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed believes that openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman will play crucial roles during the World Cup.
Imam and Zaman have both been in superb form in ODIs, with the former having accumulated 1,153 runs in 24 matches, which includes five centuries and five fifties, at an average of 54.90.
As for Zaman, he has amassed 1,442 runs in 31 matches, which includes three centuries and nine half-centuries, at an average of 53.40.
Zaman also holds the record for being the fastest batsman to accumulate 1,000 runs in the format, while Imam is second on the list.
In the one-day warm-up games against Kent and Northamptonshire, Imam scored 39 and 71 respectively, while Zaman made 76 and 101 respectively.
Zaman also took two wickets against Kent.
“It’s a 50-over game and you need your openers as strong as a bull in order to put a good total on the scoreboard,” Mushtaq said on ARY News’ show ‘Sports Room’. “I think Imam and Fakhar can give Pakistan an ideal start as one plays with patience and the other knows [how] to race the total.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.