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Former Pakistan left-arm spinner Iqbal Qasim believes the national team should pick pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain for their World Cup clash against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Hasnain has yet to make his World Cup debut, but has taken five wickets in five ODIs at an average of 60.60.
Qasim feels it is “high time” for Hasnain to be picked since the pace duo of Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi have failed to have much of an impact.
Hasan has taken two wickets in four World Cup matches at an average of 128, while Afridi has claimed three wickets in two games at an average of 41.33.
“Shaheen Shah Afridi has played enough matches but he [has] failed to deliver, while Hasan Ali is also off-colour, so it is high time to pick Mohammad Hasnain against New Zealand as he can [have a] huge impact with his pace,” Qasim told The Nation.
“I wish [Pakistan] good luck for the match against New Zealand. If [they] play freely and [keep] things simple, they can win against all [their] opponents.”