Rashid Latif wants three new-comers in Pakistan’s playing XI in 3rd T20I
Former Pakistani wicketkeeper Rashid Latif is unhappy with Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq
Updated - Nov 7, 2019 6:06 pm
Everyone who follows Pakistan men’s cricket must know the fact that their limited-overs opening batsman Fakhar Zaman is going through a horrific form at the top of the order. His ODI numbers are decent whereas his T20I records in the recent past are disastrous. In the last 12 T20I innings in which he featured, he has scored only 110 runs with a forgettable average of 9.
The former Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif has criticized Zaman heavily on one of the YouTube channels saying that the southpaw’s technique is weak which doesn’t allow him to be a dashing and classy opener in the shortest format. Zaman has only played a handful of good innings in his T20I career.
But at the same time, Latif praised him when it comes to ODIs saying Zaman is a wonderful player to build the innings in one day cricket because he gets enough time to adjust upfront and then to take on the part-time bowlers in the middle overs.
Latif even criticized the left-handed opener Imam-ul-Haq, blaming him for his run-a-ball strike rate in T20Is saying, “Imam will play for himself and score his runs, but his strike-rate will be low. With his inclusion, Pakistan is likely to be 40 for no loss at the end of the powerplay, whereas their total score will be around 140 only,” said Latif as quoted by The Express Tribune.
Rashid Latif wants three changes
The former Pakistan wicketkeeper also praised young left-handed hard hitter Khushdil Shah. “They should play Khushdil, Hasnain and Musa in the third T20I. Throw them in the fire and see how they cope with the challenge. The inclusion of Hasnain and Musa will also bring variety to the bowling attack which only has left-arm pacers right now,” he further added.
As far as the series goes, the hosts Australia are leading the three-match T20I series 1-0. The opening match of the series was abandoned due to rain in which Australia was cruising towards an easy victory before the rain played the spoilsport. Though the hosts came back strongly in the second T20I to win it by a comfortable margin of seven wickets. The final T20I will be played on 8th of November.