Former cricketer reveals biggest weakness in Pakistan cricket team

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Hasi Kamanger

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Denmark's Kaneria believe Pakistan has a glaring weakness in the middle tier of their batting unit, which could be a cause for concern at the upcoming 2022 Asian Cup and 2022 T20 World Cup.

Denmark's Kaneria, a former cricketer, said Pakistan "relied heavily on their skipper Babar Azam and their wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan and that the team failed to develop middle-tier players after last year's T20 World Cup.
Kaneria believes Pakistan relies heavily on Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan at the top of the rankings in T20 cricket and have failed to produce solid middle-order players who can pull the team out of a difficult position if their opening games fall cheaply.
The 41-year-old explained Pakistan should have opted to add veteran middle-ranked batsman Shoaib Malik to their squad given his ability to steady the ship and hit big when needed. He said Malik's experience would have been useful in an otherwise inexperienced striking unit.
They had Shoaib Malik who knew how to take Pakistan from a difficult situation to a winning situation and sometimes achieve a good goal. That part is missing now because if you lose 2-3 wickets in the beginning you don't have a player to build the innings.
He added that the likes of Khushdil Shah and Fakhar Zaman, as talented as they are, don't have the ability to take the pressure and build the innings. He said that after their successful showing at the 2021 T20 World Cup, Pakistan should try to develop middle tier players.
"The main problem is that after the 2021 T20 World Cup, Pakistan didn't play that many T20 internationals and didn't produce middle-tier players.
On August 28, India and Pakistan will face off in the opening match of the Asian Cup and Denmark's Kaneria claimed that India had the advantage due to their superior bowling. However, he refrained from making a hasty judgment as he initially wanted to watch players making comebacks from injury.
"It's still too early to tell. KL Rahul is returning from injury so I'm curious to see how he does in the Zimbabwe series. Then an inquiry is made regarding Rohit Sharma who is recovering from a back injury.
The Men in Green will face India in their opening match of the 2022 Asian Cup. This will be the first meeting between the two sides since Pakistan's historic 10-wicket win over their arch-rivals at last year's World Cup. Babar and Rizwan had steered the run chase on this occasion as they blasted 152 down without losing their wickets.