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Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali feels that all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez shouldn’t open the batting for the national team.
Azhar’s comments come after Hafeez stated that he wanted to bat at the top of the order.
However, Azhar noted that it wouldn’t be fair to current openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman as they have done extremely well.
Imam has accumulated 1,195 runs in 25 matches, which includes five centuries and five fifties, at an average of 56.90.
As for Zaman, he has amassed 1,445 runs in 32 matches, which includes three centuries and nine half-centuries, at an average of 51.60.
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.
“I think Imam and Fakhar have been doing well up front,” Azhar told the International Cricket Council’s website. “I’m sure they’ll go for the same combination at the top of the order.
“Hafeez wants to open but he has been doing very well in the middle order. That’s the way it is right now but I’m sure the management are weighing up the combination right now.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.