ISLAMABAD: Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz while disappointed on Pakistan’s performance in the World Cup said Younis Khan should be rested in the next match as he has lost his confidence.
Talking to APP, former Test Cricketer said Sarfraz Ahmed should open with Nasir Jamshed if Ahmed Shehzad cannot play in the next match due to the ankle injury he had suffered.
However according to reports, Ahmed has been cleared to play in the team’s third World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe on March 1 (Sunday).
Ahmed was sent for an MRI scan which was clear and he will be playing in the next match.
Sarfraz said the Green-shirts need to give good huge targets to other teams in the remaining matches if they want to improve their net run rate.
“Players should now keep everything aside and just focus on the WC matches,” he said.”
Sarfraz said it is time the players to stay united and focus on the ground.
“Stop worrying about the off field situations,” Sarfraz advised the players adding we want our team to remain in the tournament and winning matches is the only way we can do it”.
Sarfraz said if Pakistan wins the toss in the match against Zimbabwe, then they should bat first.
“Pakistan if wins the toss should at least try to set up a total of 300 runs,” he said adding our batsman should stick to the crease this time.
Sarfraz said with Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan and Muhammad Hafeez not bowling in the mega event, our team’s morale has already gone down.
“If other bowlers in the team do not perform well then we even our 300 given target won’t even be enough.
Sarfraz said Pakistan should avoid losing early wickets which put pressure on the batting line-up.
“Every player, whether he is a batsman or bowler, should do their job well in the remaining matches.