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