An embarrassment of riches

Here in this article I take a look at the Pakistani cricket team and to be more precise, their batting line-up.

Jun 20, 2024 - 19:31
Jun 20, 2024 - 20:11
An embarrassment of riches

In the cricketing world, it's one of the most divisive topics, Pakistan's batting line-up. On paper, The Green Army have one of the best batting line-ups in world cricket. Not as good as England or India, but a batting line-up that's good enough to get the job done. 

In captain Babar Azam's second spell as skipper, he's not been able to strike the right cord for the Pakistani batting line-up. Especially in the 2021 addition of the T20 World Cup, the 2009 T20 World Champions had one of the best top five's in the tournament. 

The embarassment of riches they had in that middle-order, is well embrassing, which is a far cry from the current era. Chop and change has been the constant them for the current Pakistan regime, and even then they still not have found the right balance. 

It's mind boggling, players like Iftikhar Ahmed who has struggled for a long time, continues to be given chance after chance. Thank you for a good tournament in Australia, but now it's time to move over and let Salman Agha be the destructor, the finisher. 

This is what some observers say about Ifktikhar and also what I say. This Pakistan number 1-5 is a far cry of previous five batsmen. What makes the issue even worse, it doesn't have to be that way, why?

I will tell you why because they have a whole stack of talent on the sidelines. Tayyab Tahir, Abu Hurairah, Abdulllah Shafique and Haider Ali are all waiting in the wings and for a game. This is surely not right Babar Azam. How poor the men in green have been batting, surely a consideration is needed for them?

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