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Let him bat in top form, Hafeez thinks the Pakistani spinner can do well
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Let him bat in top form, Hafeez thinks the Pakistani spinner can do well

Mohammad Hafeez said Pakistan spin bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan was in the top order in T20Is

Mohammad Hafeez: “I had planned that Shadab Khan would play as a batsman who can bowl in T20 for Pakistan. He should bat in (the) top order in T20”

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Former Pakistan team director and interim head coach Mohammad Hafeez wants spin bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan to play in the top order in T20Is.

Hafeez noted that during his coaching stint with the national team, he had plans to play the 25-year-old higher up as he knew the Mianwali native could handle himself.

This really became apparent during the 2024 Pakistan Super League (PSL), where Shadab led by example with both the bat and the ball as he led Islamabad United to the title.

In 12 matches, he scored 305 runs, including three fifties, at an average of 30.50 and a strike-rate of 142.52.

Shadab also claimed 14 wickets at an average of 26.85 and an economy rate of 8.54.

“I had planned that Shadab Khan would play as a batsman who can bowl in T20 for Pakistan. He should bat in (the) top order in T20,” journalist Arfa Feroz Zake told Hafeez. Xformerly known as Twitter.

After PSL 9, Shadab made 63 runs in Pakistan’s five-match T20I series against New Zealand at an average of 31.50 and a strike rate of 190.90.

As for the three T20Is against Ireland, he played in only one match and scored no runs.

Pakistan’s next match is four T20Is against England from May 22 to 30.

Pakistan squad for Ireland and England T20I series: Babar Azam (captain), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan

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