Shahid Afridi suggests Babar Azam to come one down

Shahid Afridi upset with Babar Azam

Source: GeoSuper TV

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Monday urged Pakistan skipper Babar Azam to bat one-down during the all-important semifinal against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s famous batting pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan has been under fire for lack of runs in the powerplay.

“Babar should step aside and let Mohammad Haris open the innings with Mohammad Rizwan,” suggested Afridi while speaking at a private TV channel on Sunday.

Afridi said Mohammad Haris’ abilities should be used in field restrictions so that Pakistan could add the much-needed firepower to the top order.

“Babar should listen to suggestions,” Afridi said, adding that the national team’s top order should show intent, and play aggressive cricket.

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“Look at Iftikhar or Shan Masood. They play with an aggressive mindset and positive body language. They always look to hit the ball. We need the same intent in top order.”

“What’s the use of making a run-a-ball 30 or 35 when you fail to finish the game having wasted that many deliveries?” the 42-year-old questioned.

Afridi is one of the many former cricketers who have been criticizing the Babar-Rizwan duo and demanding one of them to bat down the order but to no avail.

It should be noted that Babar Azam has been going through a lean patch. In the first five games of the T20 World Cup, Babar has only scored 39 runs and has been out for a duck twice.