#AsiaCup is scheduled to commence this week after which the green shirts will participate in the #ICCWC23. And so, here is a look at 3 things that Pakistan must do during the #AsiaCup23 in order to strengthen its side ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup.
Settle The Middle-order
Pakistan’s weak point is certainly its middle-order. The likes of Rizwan, Iftikar Ahmed and Salman Ali Agha lack consistency. Hence, the think-tank made the right decision to include Saud Shakeel (who is a good player of spin bowling) ahead of Iftikhar Ahmed. We hope that the management plays Shakeel throughout the tournament and also hope that the 27-year-old gains confidence and that he is able to deliver in the format.
#AsiaCup: Don’t Burn Out The Fast Bowlers Ahead Of The #ICCWC23
Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Faheem Ashraf are among the top three bowlers that Pakistan would want to play in every match of the world cup. Therefore, it is important not to burn them out during the Asia Cup. Against weaker sides then, Pakistan must play Faheem Ashraf or Mohd. Wasim. This will allow them to test the bench strength on one hand and to allow much needed rest to A-list pacers on the other.
Test The Bench Strength
Besides Faheem and Wasim, Pakistan must also provide opportunities to Abdullah Shafique and Mohd. Haris. This is important from the perspective of ensuring good match-practice even to those who are expected to be part of the world cup squad but are likely not to represent the country on a regular basis during prestigious tournament.