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Mickey Arthur demands more batting time for Asif Ali ahead of the World Cup 

image-l8kisovxAsif was one of the stars for last year's semi-finalists. (PC- Twitter)

Former Pakistan men's cricket team head coach Mickey Arthur wants Asif Ali to face more balls so that he can have a lasting impact, ahead of the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup 2022, which is set to start next month in Australia.

In the ongoing seven-match T20I series between Pakistan and England, the hosts completed an astounding victory on Sunday to level the series (2-2) against England by winning the fourth T20I by a margin of 3 runs. Chasing a total of 167 runs, England looked to be in complete control when they needed 9 runs to win off 12 balls. Then came Haris Rauf's game-changing penultimate over which turned the tables for the Men in Green and eventually won the game for them.

In that game, hard-hitter Asif Ali returned to the Pakistan side replacing Haider Ali to bolster Pakistan's lower-middle order and he did exactly that.

The top four batters of the Pakistan batting line-up batted for the majority of the innings which is why the 30-year-old right-handed explosive batter couldn't face more balls. But he made an impact with two sixes in his three-ball cameo, which took Pakistan's score to 166/4. In the end, those runs made the difference as Pakistan bagged a three-run win.

Arthur reckons Asif made the difference in the fourth T20I

In his tweet, the ex-Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur mentioned that Asif must face more balls for the benefit of the team. He also hailed Haris Rauf for his exceptional death bowling which ultimately changed the game for Babar's men.

"Some great death bowling from Haris Rauf but Asif Ali the difference, he has to face more balls!," wrote Mickey Arthur on Twitter.

After his mediocre returns in the Asia Cup 2022, the next few games in the build-up to the T20I World Cup 2022 will be crucial for Asif as he will look to regain his form with the bat.  

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