PAKVSA ODI Series: Sarfaraz Ahmed Likely To Bat At No. 5

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Reports in mainstream media suggest that former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is likely to bat in the middle-order during the upcoming PAKVSA ODI series and here is a look at why the story makes sense.

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Sarfaraz Ahmed To Bat At No. 5 During The PAKVSA ODI Series

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Former skipper Sarfaraz has been out of Pakistan’s playing XI in every format for quite a while now. Nevertheless, GEO Super recently reported that the 33 year old is likely to bat in the middle-order i.e. at the number five position during Pakistan’s ODI series against South Africa that begins on April 02, 2021.

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Why The Story Makes Sense!

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The story makes sense for a number of reasons. For a start Pakistan at the moment requires a seasoned middle-order batsman in the ODI format for the concerned batting position. The option of playing the semi-retired all-rounders i.e. Mohd. Hafeez and Shoaib Malik is no longer plausible. Similarly, selectors in recent months have had to also drop the out-of-form Haris Sohail.

Sarfaraz on the other hand has shown form during the recently postponed PSL. Hence, it is no wonder that Pakistan’s think tank would want to include him in the playing eleven as a middle-order batsman.