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Vishal Mehra ∙ Sep 22 2022, 10:00 AM

PAK vs ENG: Pakistan need to strengthen their middle-order opines Younis Ahmed


image-l8crbt68Barring Rizwan, no batter has looked in touch [PC: Twitter]

Pakistan's batting turmoil continued in the first T20I against England in Karachi, where they imploded again, scoring just 48 runs while giving away six wickets. From 109 for 2 to 157 for 7, Pakistan's wobbly middle-order also failed in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022 Final, costing them the trophy.

With Babar Azam's lack of runs, much pressure has been mounted on the likes of Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Khushdil Shah​.  Both teams clash in the second T20I today, with hosts' trailing 0-1.

According to Dawn, former Pakistan international Younis Ahmed urged the team management to strengthen the middle order going forward.  

"The middle-order problems were again exposed in yesterday’s match against England as after taking a good opening start we were expecting Pakistan to make a total of 170 plus but again the middle order failed to deliver a good finish to the innings,

Other teams had a good number of batters in the middle-order who could change the match situation within three or four overs and that would be vital in the shortest format of the game.”

Ahmed also suggested the PCB organizes more junior and 'A' team tours to develop youngsters, who in the future might play for the national side.  

The 74-year-old represented Pakistan in four Tests and two One-Day Internationals (ODI) between 1969 and 1987.


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