Cricket World Cup: Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz want Babar Azam to drop Shadab Khan against Australia

Shadab Khan

Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan is leaking runs at seven runs per over in the ongoing World Cup. There has been questions over his place in the playing XI.

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik says Shadab should be dropped from the playing XI against Australia on October 20.

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“Shadab is no doubt is a very good bowler, but he is struggling. If you see Adam Zampa too was not able to land his leg-spin on the correct spot even though he has bagged four wickets against Sri Lanka in Lucknow on Monday, but his sliders and googlies were landing correctly,” Malik said on A Sports.

“As far as Shadab is concerned, the Pakistan cricket team expect ten overs from him, not four or six. That’s why I feel he should be changed.

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Former Pakistan speedster Wahab Riaz feels Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz should not play together in the playing XI.

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“Shadab and Nawaz should not play together for Pakistan. I would rather have Usama Mir in place of either of those two. Pakistan have been obsessed with all-rounders, but we haven’t been able to understand who our strike bowler is if pacers don’t deliver. You need to have bowlers who give you wickets,” he told PAK Skills.

Meanwhile, Misbah-ul-Haq in the A Sports says Abrar Ahmad should have been in the squad not in the travelling reserves.

“Abrar should play. In the PSL, he used to bowl in the poerplay. In the tournaments, a team will face you once only, unlike in a bilateral series. He could have been a mystery bowler and he shoould have been considered for the World Cup,” says Misbah.