Babar Azam while talking to a prominent media house has praised Abdullah Shafique and explained why Shan Masood is struggling to find a place in the national side despite being in brilliant batting form.
Babar Azam Explains Why Abdullah Shafique Is Being Preferred Over Shan Masood
While explaining the selection process and while praising Abdullah Shafique Pakistan’s skipper across formats Babar Azam said, “I personally watch and definitely enjoy Abdullah’s stylish batting. He plays very clean, his stance and the way he ducks the ball are impressive. Usually we compare him to Kane Williamson and Rahul Dravid. We call him Dravid.
“In the presence of Abdullah, the place of opener Shan Masood, another polished batter, may be in doubt, but our main aim in selecting an individual is the team’s interest.”
Its is worth mentioning here that Abdullah Shafique is now a regular opener in Pakistan’s Test side. Recently he was selected for the ODI series against the West Indies and so, there seems a good probability of him finding a place in Pakistan’s limited overs eleven as well.
Shan Masood on the other hand has scored heavy in the country’s domestic tournaments as well as in the county circuit. Nevertheless, the rise of Abdullah, Imam-ul-Haq and Rizwan as openers in different formats of the game have made an international comeback impossible for the 32 year old.