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Former Pakistan left-arm spinner Iqbal Qasim believes that either Imam-ul-Haq or Fakhar Zaman should be dropped in order for pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain to come into the playing XI.
Qasim feels that both openers haven’t been playing well enough at the World Cup to keep hold of their spot in the side.
Imam has scored 205 runs in seven matches, which included a fifty, at an average of 29.28.
As for Zaman, he has accumulated 173 runs in seven games, which includes a half-century, at an average of 24.71.
Hasnain, meanwhile, has yet to make his World Cup debut, but has featured in five ODIs to date, where he has taken five wickets at an average of 60.60.
“The openers are not delivering for the team. If I were the captain or head coach, I would have taken action and ensured one of the openers – Imam or Fakhar – make way for Hasnain,” Qasim told The Nation. “The amount of runs these openers are scoring, and that too inconsistently, any other player could score the same or even more runs for the team.”
Pakistan now have to beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday and hope that New Zealand beat England on Wednesday as that will secure them a spot in the last four.