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Former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz believes pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain should replace Imad Wasim for the national team’s World Cup clash against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
Hasnain has yet to make his World Cup debut, but has featured in five ODIs, where he has taken five wickets at an average of 60.60.
As for Imad, he has not taken any wickets in the four World Cup games he has played.
“I think it is time to introduce Mohammad Hasnain in the playing XI, as he has pace of around 145kph,” Sarfraz told The Nation. “Imad should pave the way for Hasnain and Pakistan should go with four pacers, as Afghanistan can play spinners very well but are shy of playing rising deliveries.”
If Pakistan beat Afghanistan, they will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.