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Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir understands why pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain didn’t feature in any of the World Cup matches.
Hasnain was included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, but Tanvir feels that it would have been too early for him to play in the World Cup as he had only featured in five ODIs prior to the tournament, during which he took five wickets at an average of 60.60.
While Hasnain may not have represented Pakistan in a single World Cup game, Tanvir believes the 19-year-old will have gained some valuable experience.
“I will be the first to admit that after Shaheen Shah Afridi’s below-par performances initially, I was shocked to see that Mohammad Hasnain was not played as a replacement,” Tanvir wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “But then, Shaheen bowled exceptionally well in his ‘comeback’ games and one must applaud the team management for what was a brave decision to persist with the youngster; a decision that proved to be a success for Shaheen and for the side as well.
“Coming back to Hasnain, I feel that it would have been a tad too early to play Hasnain in a big tournament like the World Cup. Especially when Wahab Riaz was brought into the squad, I could really see no reason for playing Hasnain in the team.
“From Hasnain’s point of view, I am sure this was a great learning experience for him as he became part of a World Cup squad at such an early age. He was present with the squad throughout the tournament and must have soaked in the atmosphere of such a high-profile tournament as well. All this will help him a lot in the future and I feel that Mohammad Hasnain will be a better player after being part of the World Cup squad.”