Pakistan lost its group game against India in Asia Cup, 2018 yesterday. However, all is not lost as the men in green will have another opportunity to make up for the loss when they play arch-rivals again on Sunday. Nevertheless, here is a look at 3 senior Pakistani cricketers who now need to worry to keep their place after a disappointing game in Dubai.
It is no secret that Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is struggling for runs and hence, is in need of a couple of good scores. The fact that he has had good success as a leader allows him a little more breathing space than others on the list. Nevertheless, a bad Asia Cup particularly, if Pakistan don’t do well against India in Sunday’s fixture too will put the wicket-keeper batsman under enormous pressure to perform in the series that follows so that he is able to keep his place both as a captain and a team member.
Shoaib Malik off late has neither delivered against a strong opponent nor has he been able to bat effectively in difficult conditions. You most definitely expect more than a good looking 40 or 50 from your number 4. Therefore, with Mickey Arthur not the sort of coach who spares under-performing senior cricketers; Malik is likely to lose his place if he ends up having a poor tournament.
Clock is ticking fast for Amir. He is neither giving breakthroughs nor does he look threatening by any stretch of imagination. With Shaheen Afridi and Junaid Khan also part of the squad, Amir can lose his place to any one of them (or even Nawaz if Pakistan decide to play an additional spinner) during the ongoing tournament.