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Pakistan captain Babar Azam has said he will look to use Sarfaraz Ahmed as the team’s wicketkeeper and number five batsman in ODIs.
Azam’s comments come after Sarfaraz featured in the third ODI against South Africa, which was his first ODI since October 2019.
In the match, which the men in green won by 28 runs, Sarfaraz scored 13 runs before going on to take three catches behind the stumps.
“The only thought behind this selection was the fact that we had lot of experience in Sarfaraz sitting on the bench and we wanted to utlize that. Also our middle order was struggling a bit, which is why we brought in Sarfaraz,” Azam was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
“Sarfaraz Ahmed is in the team with us because we trust in his abilities, and we will try and utilize him in ODIs as a wicketkeeper and batsman at the number 5 position as it suits him best.
“That is also the position which needs a batsman to move the innings and that is what we were lacking in the previous 2 matches where the middle order was really struggling.”