Pakistan Current Cricket Team Combination Shaping Well For World Cup: Sarfraz
“We have now mix of seniors and kids within the squad who’re performing effectively and we try to depend on the identical group of gamers for the World Cup,” stated Sarfraz whereas speaking to reporters after the ultimate day of the three-day coaching camp on the Gaddafi Stadium was cancelled as a result of heavy in a single day rains.
Pakistan are as a result of go away for Zimbabwe on Thursday the place they may first compete in a tri-nation T20 event — that additionally contains Australia — from July 1 to eight.
‘No crew in Twenty20 format ought to be thought-about weak’
Following the T20 collection, Pakistan will play 5 One-day Internationals in opposition to Zimbabwe from July 13.
“We have now nice younger gamers corresponding to Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Babar Azam and now with Haris Sohail within the crew plus the skilled Shoaib Malik, we are going to attempt to depend on them within the lead-up to the World Cup,” Sarfraz remarked.
Underneath Sarfraz’s management, Pakistan at present tops the ICC T20 crew rankings and had earlier additionally received the Champions Trophy final yr in England the place they outclassed India within the remaining.
The skipper expressed hope that Pakistan would proceed their good run within the T20 format in addition to within the ODI collection.
“We’re going to Zimbabwe after respectable preparations with this brief camp right here in Lahore and we’ll have three extra days to arrange in Zimbabwe earlier than the tri-series begins. Insha’Allah we’re fairly assured of coming again victorious,” Sarfraz added.
Commenting on the extent of contest within the upcoming T20 collection, the Pakistan captain stated no aspect will be taken evenly within the shortest format.
“To be sincere no crew on this [T20] format ought to be thought-about weak and though the Australians are fielding a new-look aspect they know play T20 cricket.
“So the collection can be keenly contested and good cricket is within the offing in Zimbabwe,” Sarfraz stated.
Requested what would he expect on the upcoming journey, Sarfraz stated he had toured Zimbabwe twice — in 2013 and 2015 — and located totally different sorts of pitches there.
“Presently the climate is cool in Zimbabwe and the match will begin early at 10:00am within the morning with moisture within the pitch, it could be an enormous check for the aspect batting first,” he opined. “However in our case, the crew is performing extraordinarily effectively in each bowling and batting. We are going to use the higher possibility in case of successful the toss.”
Sarfraz additional stated that the boys are united and this is likely one of the key causes behind Pakistan’s wonderful success price in limited-overs cricket in latest occasions.
About his personal efficiency, Sarfraz admitted he has not carried out to expectations however stated he at all times tries to present his greatest and to enhance each his batting and retaining.
He, in the meantime, identified that regardless of former wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal’s wonderful type with the bat on the home degree, the selectors opted for Mohammad Hafeez as a result of the veteran all-rounder has the flexibility to bat within the high order in addition to being a significant a part of Pakistan bowling assault along with his off-spinners.
However he did say that Kamran, like another cricketer, additionally has an opportunity to stage a comeback within the nationwide aspect after the Zimbabwe tour as a result of Pakistan have a busy schedule within the coming months.