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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis has advised the national team not to drop opener Fakhar Zaman.
Zaman has struggled to have a major impact in the World Cup as he has scored 173 runs in seven matches, which includes a half-century, at a disappointing average of 24.71.
Despite his struggles with the bat, Waqar reiterated that it would be a bad idea to remove him from the playing XI.
“Fakhar Zaman has had a poor tournament, but I don’t think it would be right to drop him now,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “He should be given every chance to come good and at the same time, just think how much pressure that would put on the player coming into the side at such an important time.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup game is a must-win match against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.
If they beat Bangladesh, the men in green will have to hope that New Zealand beat England on Wednesday in order for them to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals.