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Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam believes that pace bowler Hasan Ali and spinner Shadab Khan will play crucial roles at the World Cup.
Fawad admitted that Pakistan lack bowlers who can take wickets in the middle overs, but feels that Hasan and Shadab can solve this problem at the quadrennial event.
“Our bowling lacks a wicket-taking option in the middle [overs],” he told Geo.tv. “I hope that Shadab gets fit before the World Cup.
“Shadab and Hasan Ali’s role will be crucial in the middle overs. They did it [at the] Champions Trophy, and I am sure they’ll do that [at] the World Cup as well.
“It is very important not to allow batsmen [to settle] down because once the batsmen [have] settled, then it becomes very difficult to get [them] out in the death overs.
“Even top bowlers can struggle in the way cricket is being played these days.”
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shadab went to see “Dr Patrick Kennedy, world renowned gastroenterologist and hepatologist with a special interest in liver disease in elite sportsmen”.
The 20-year-old will now undergo more blood tests in Lahore, upon where it will be decided whether he will be fit for the World Cup.
Shadab was ruled out of the ongoing limited overs series against England, and was replaced by fellow spinner Yasir Shah.
As for Hasan, he took figures of 1-81 off his 10 overs in the second ODI against England in Southampton on Saturday.
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.