Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Fakhar key for Pakistan’s World Cup success: Rashid Latif

LONDON: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has hoped that opening batsman Fakhar Zaman can help Pakistan win the ICC 2019 World Cup.

Talking to media, Rashid said: “Although the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe was not as competitive as competing against other cricketing powerhouses, but still whitewash is not an easy task and especially playing the hosts at their home grounds. I feel green caps played superb cricket and credit must be given to entire team and management, while young guns once again showed tremendous fighting skills and hunger to excel at any given situation, which was missing since long.”

Latif said he gave too much importance to tri-nation series involving Australia, as it was highly significant for both Pakistan and Australia. Pakistan were almost playing with full strength, while Australia was under strength, but the way green caps played out their heart and the day Fakhar Zaman had made his debut was outstanding.

“Fakhar is flourishing with each passing day as he is a great batsman of T20I and ODI formats. He played superbly against India in the Champions Trophy and he is performing consistently and making a lot of records, which shows he is capable enough to deliver for the country during the next year’s World Cup,” he added.

The former cricketer said Pakistan is at top of ICC rankings in T20Is and besides Fakhar, Imam-ul-Haq is also showing a lot of character and maturity and after very long gap, Pakistan have find a superb opening combination, which is scoring loads of runs and providing much-needed stability at the top, which was missing since long. “Pakistan team was losing matches before this opening pair while Hafeez should also deserve to be in playing XI, which is a huge injustice to him. I feel M Aamir should have only played tri-series and he should have been given rest against Zimbabwe.”

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