Azhar reveals which four star players should be in Pakistan’s T20 squad

Azhar Mahmood feels Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf and Hussain Talat shouldn't have been dropped from the Twenty20 team Pakistan cricket

Azhar Mahmood feels Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf and Hussain Talat shouldn’t have been dropped from the Twenty20 team

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Former Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood believes that batsman Hussain Talat and all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Faheem Ashraf should not have been dropped from the Twenty20 team.

Azhar’s comments come after Pakistan lost 2-0 to Australia in a three-match Twenty20 series, which was Babar Azam’s first assignment since taking over as Twenty20 captain.

Azhar noted that all four players had been doing well, but suddenly found themselves axed from the team for no reason at all.

“We had the likes of Hussain Talat who had been doing well in domestic cricket, Mohammad Hafeez and of course Shoaib Malik have all had good performances to their names in T20Is in the past and then we also had Faheem Ashraf who rose to sixth in the T20I bowling rankings – all of these names were missing from the T20I side which lead to our current spate of problems,” he wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “I can understand if changes needed to be made to the ODI setup but having a new management who themselves need to settle in, and then also changing the look of the T20I side only made things difficult and really, making such wholesale changes in such a short period of time was inadvisable and has led to disappointing results.”

3 thoughts on “Azhar reveals which four star players should be in Pakistan’s T20 squad

  1. I disagree with Azhar Mahmood. First of all I question his comments as he was a pretty ordinary batsman and as a bowling coach, he did not perform well. He just got a free ride for long time. In my opinion, his comments do not carry any significance.

    Regarding Shoaib and Hafeez, I might agree with him a little bit as on Australian pitches, Hafeez may be fine but not sure about Shoaib Malik. I believe that Kamran Akmal would be a better choice than Hafeez and Shoaib.

    I think we should try our new and young batsmen. By bringing young bowlers, we have seen the good results, that may be a valid option if we try young and enthusiastic batsmen.
    Dr Rashid Ansari

    • I think Fawad Alam would be a good choice as well cause he’s been doing really well in domestic cricket.

      Salman Butt is another name that pops up, but whether he will get to play for Pakistan after what he did in 2010 remains to be seen.

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