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Former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz believes that openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman need to “up the tempo” against Afghanistan.
Sarfraz feels that Imam and Zaman are wasting too many deliveries and must start scoring at a more healthy rate in order to ensure they don’t put pressure on the other batsmen if they get out.
The 70-year-old also urged them to rotate the strike more often in order to keep the scoreboard ticking.
“I think the Pakistani openers need to up the tempo as the way they consume too many precious deliveries without rotating the strike can be harmful against Afghanistan,” Sarfraz told The Nation.
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.