They can make our middle order stronger, Babar Azam backs two Pakistan players to get the job done

Babar Azam said Haris Sohail and Saud Shakeel can make the middle order stronger

Babar Azam: “We are struggling a bit in the middle order but I’m hopeful that Haris Sohail and Saud Shakeel’s inclusion will help us in this regard”

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam has backed Haris Sohail and Saud Shakeel to make the ODI team’s middle order stronger.

This comes after he admitted that the men in green “are struggling a bit” when it comes to finding batsmen who can thrive in the middle order.

Haris was recalled for the upcoming three-match ODI series against England, while Shakeel could make his international debut.

“Pakistan has a settled combination in ODI cricket, there are just one or two changes in the squad. We are struggling a bit in the middle order but I’m hopeful that Haris Sohail and Saud Shakeel’s inclusion will help us in this regard,” Azam said on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) podcast as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.

Pakistan will play three ODIs and three T20 Internationals against England. The ODI series will begin on July 8 and conclude on July 13, while the T20 series will be held from July 16 to 20.

They will then tour the West Indies and play five T20 Internationals and two Tests, with the T20 series getting underway on July 27 and ending on August 3.

As for the Test series, it will start on August 12 and conclude on August 24.

Pakistan Test Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper) (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dhani, Yasir Shah (subject to fitness) and Zahid Mahmood

Pakistan ODI Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Agha Salman, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Usman Qadir

Pakistan T20 Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan and Usman Qadir

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