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Ex-Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Saleem Yousuf feels that the national team are lacking “a solid power hitter” going into the World Cup.
Saleem isn’t the first former player to make such comments as others questioned the decision not to include big-hitting batsman Asif Ali in the World Cup squad.
Asif had a solid campaign at the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he accumulated 281 runs in 12 games for Islamabad United, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 35.12 and an incredible strike-rate of 182.46.
In the second ODI against England on Saturday, he walloped a 36-ball 51.
However, Asif could still make the World Cup team as Pakistan are allowed to make changes to their side without permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) until May 23.
“We surely lack a solid power hitter … we do have players but we don’t have a hitter like Morgan or like the West Indians have in their squad,” Yousuf told Geo.tv. “Teams with power hitters will have an advantage. Our players will have to be confident there.
“I am confident that our batting has the ability. When they can score 360… then they have the ability to score big and win matches.
“Just play with an open mind without any fear of defeat. We can continue playing like this but let me tell you that you won’t get a wicket of 300+ every time. Wickets there are very tricky, a lot has to do with the weather as well.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.