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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has revealed that the national team will be on the lookout for talented batsmen and all-rounders after the World Cup.
Babar Azam has been Pakistan’s standout batsman in the tournament as he has scored 378 runs in seven matches, which includes a century and two fifties, at an average of 63.
Haris Sohail has done particularly well as he has scored 192 runs in four games, which includes two half-centuries, at an average of 48.
However, openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman have been disappointing as they are averaging 29.28 and 24.71 respectively.
In regards to Pakistan’s all-rounders, Mohammad Hafeez has amassed 226 runs in seven games, which includes a half-century, at an average of 32.28. He has also taken two wickets at an average of 78.50.
As for Shoaib Malik, who will retire from ODIs after the World Cup, he has scored eight runs in three matches at an average of 2.66 and claimed one wicket at an average of 47.
“It’s a good time for introspection after the World Cup and course correction,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “We need to find batsmen and all-rounders, and this is how we [will] be able to make a team for the future.”
Pakistan will need a miracle to advance to the World Cup semi-finals as they will have to beat Bangladesh by over 300 runs.
If they fail to do so, New Zealand will join Australia, India and England in the last four.