Former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi, has called for the inclusion of the seasoned batsman, Shoaib Malik, in the national squad for the T20 World Cup.
His comments came after Pakistan won the fourth T20I against South Africa, following a middle-order wobble at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.
The 44-year-old took to Twitter to congratulate the national side for clinching the series 3-1 in South Africa but also highlighted the problems with Pakistan’s weak middle order.
He suggested that Shoaib Malik, with all his experience and skill, might come in handy to solve the long-lasting problem.
Congratulations Pakistan on the series win! Despite the victory, we need to review the middle-order performances where we seem to be struggling for a long time. I think Shoaib Malik must be considered again, especially since it’s a T20 World Cup year.
Although Pakistan’s top order and bowlers helped the team win the series, however, the middle-order lineup proved to extremely vulnerable, causing Pakistan two losses, one each in the ODs and T20Is.
Their performances came in bits and pieces, with no batsman crossing the 30s. Of them, Haider Ali was the biggest disappointment. The talented batsman, who scored a half-century on his debut against England, has not scored 100 runs combined in his last five outings.
The team management needs to sit with the selection committee and revise its strategy for the T20 World Cup, as there are many deserving players like Azam Khan ready to fill the gap.