One Pakistan batsman could be axed from WC squad: Moin Khan


Ex-Pakistan skipper Moin Khan reckons that opener Abid Ali could be removed from the World Cup squad as the regular opening duo- Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman have impressed the selectors and fans with their form.

One Pakistan batsman could be axed from WC squad: Moin Khan
Abid Ali didn’t do justice to his role according to Moin Khan

In the just concluded five-match ODI series against England, Imam showcased his strength in unfamiliar conditions, scoring 234 runs in four games, which included a career-best knock of 151, at a staggering average of 117.

Coming to Zaman, he secured 200 runs in five matches including a hundred and a half-century, at an average of 40.

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Abid just played the fifth ODI and could accumulate only 5 runs before being trapped lbw off Chris Woakes’ bowling.

“Sometimes you have to make infamous decisions for the benefit of the team,” Moin told Geo.tv. “No player is neglected intentionally. Abid has a bright career ahead and if he’s axed from squad, then he’ll surely get his due share in future events.”

Pakistan played decent brand of cricket but they just couldn’t instil ‘fearless’ ingredient into the mix to compete against England. The hosts England would be mighty pleased with the way how things turned out well for them. With 4-0 series win over Pakistan, England would take full confidence before starting their campaign against South Africa on May 30.

Ahead of the World Cup, Pakistan will play 2 World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh which is scheduled to be held in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.

The Green Shirts will commence their World Cup campaign against the Windies in Nottingham on May 31.

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