Mohammad Hafeez suggests Babar, Rizwan improve 'intent'

'You can be less successful, less consistent, but more impactful,' said Hafeez

By Web Desk
September 18, 2022
Mohammad Hafeez (L) and Babar and Rizwan (R) — ICC/PCB

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez suggested the Green Shirts opening duo Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan improve their intent and show drive to score more runs.

Before the T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan will take on England in a seven-match T20I series, with the first T20I scheduled to kick off here at the National Stadium on Tuesday.

In an interview with local media, Hafeez suggested Babar and Rizwan show hunger for scoring runs.

"I have said this before as well, Babar and Rizwan are the number one pair for Pakistan. They have helped Pakistan cricket win and grow. But if there is anything both players can improve upon, it is intent,” the former all-rounder said.

"You can be less successful, less consistent, but more impactful. This was the idea behind my statement."

He added that Pakistan's strategy in T20Is is cruel to the middle-order, which is one of the primary reasons they are occasionally exposed.

"How is it possible for you to consume the 6-over powerplay and still score 60-65 in the first 10 overs? Then the demand is on the middle-order to play with 12 NRR to push the score to a challenging total. This seems unfair to me," he clarified.