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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has noted that opener Fakhar Zaman has to stick to his aggressive style of batting if he is to have success during the ODI series against England and at the World Cup.
Ramiz’s comments come after Zaman was dismissed for three runs, which came off just 11 balls, during the first ODI against England at The Oval on Wednesday.
Zaman opted for a more cautious approach during his short innings before he was caught by Joe Root at second slip off the bowling of Jofra Archer.
Ramiz admitted that it would be a mistake for Zaman to alter his approach to batting as he enjoyed a lot of success when he was aggressive and took the attack to the bowlers.
“I am a bit worried about Fakhar Zaman because he is trying to alter his batting DNA by playing technically,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “These are all good things, but is he capable of making these changes so late in his batting career? I don’t think so.
“He should play with positive intent because we get to see Fakhar’s best form when he is hitting and Pakistan [will] get a lot of benefit from it… I don’t think that he has the game to leave the ball and stay [at] the crease, so the best thing for him is to attack the opposition.”
The first ODI ended up being abandoned due to persistent rain.
After the ODI series against England, Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.
They will then kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.