Afridi explains why Sarfraz must bat higher for Pakistan at the World Cup

Shahid Afridi believes Sarfraz Ahmed needs to bat higher up the order at the World Cup Pakistan cricket

Shahid Afridi: “Sarfraz must bat [in the] top order, he’s not a pinch hitter that’s why he [is not] suited at number six”

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Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has noted that captain Sarfraz Ahmed needs to bat higher up the order at the World Cup.

Sarfraz batted at number five in the fifth ODI against England and smashed an 80-ball 97.

In Pakistan’s shock loss to Afghanistan in their World Cup warm-up match, Sarfraz came in at number seven and only managed to score 13 runs.

In order to be more effective as a batsman, Afridi admitted that Sarfraz needs to promote himself up the order.

“Sarfraz must bat [in the] top order, he’s not a pinch hitter that’s why he [is not] suited at number six, he must come up the order and play a captain’s knock. He must try to stay [at the] wicket [for a] maximum [amount of time],” Afridi was quoted as saying by Geo.tv.

Pakistan’s second World Cup warm-up game will be against Bangladesh in Cardiff on May 26.

They will then begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.