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Ex-Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja firmly believes that veteran all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik shouldn’t have been included in the World Cup squad.
Hafeez has fared decently with the bat as he was named Man of the Match for his knock of 84 in Pakistan’s 14-run win over England.
He followed that up with 46 runs in Pakistan’s loss to Australia.
However, he has not had much of an impact with the ball.
As for Malik, he scored eight runs against England and made a two-ball duck against Australia and a golden duck against India.
In regards to his bowling, he has only taken one wicket, which came in the match against England.
Ramiz believes that Pakistan should have opted for younger talent a long time ago rather than sticking with the veteran duo.
“This should have been done much earlier, as I believe with two 38-year-old players (Malik is actually 37), you can never win a World Cup,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by Dawn.
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.