Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has backed the selection of Shan Masood and Asif Ali in the Green Shirts squad for the T20 World Cup in UAE.
Speaking on his official YouTube channel, former chief selector picked Shan Masood as one of his openers in the World Cup squad after he was impressed with his batting in Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Kashmir Premier League (KPL).
“If I talk about Shan Masood, I have seen him play in the PSL and KPL,” said Inzamam. “Of all the players I saw, I think he would be the one who has played extremely well. He does sensible hitting through proper shots at a very healthy strike rate. He knows how to rotate strike. So if I have a choice, I would definitely consider him. He is good fielder and an excellent team player,” he opined on his YouTube channel.
Inzamam added that hard-hitting batsman Asif Ali should be considered for selection as well as he has matured his batting despite being criticized for throwing his wicket away at crucial time of the game.
“At the sixth position, we need a player who can hit big shots at any time. And that player is Asif Ali. Asif Ali should be considered. He hasn’t been a reliable player but he has developed some maturity in his batting and plays sensibly now. These types of players, you do not depend on them all the time. If he can score in three games out of five, that means he is doing extremely well,” he added.
“The captain expects him to start hitting fours and sixes from the word go and during that, a player can get out quickly. I have seen him in the PSL and KPL, there is an improvement in his batting. So I think he should be in the middle order.”
The Super 12 round of the T20 World Cup will start on October 23. Pakistan will play their first game of the tournament against archrivals India on October 24.