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Pakistan should go with four pacers, as Afghans can play spinners very well, but they are shy of playing rising deliveries

Former Test fast bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz urged Pakistan cricket team to be ruthless against Afghanistan in the highly important ICC World Cup match to be played at Headingly, Leeds today (Saturday).

Talking to sardar news from England, Sarfaraz, who is the inventor of reverse swing, said: “Sun is very hot in UK as the temperature is 30 centigrade, so the pitch will be hard and I suggest Sarfraz Ahmed to bat first and try to post decent total on the board. I think it is best time to introduce Muhammad Hussnain in the playing XI, as he has pace of bowling around 145km plus while Imad should pave way for Hussnain and Pakistan should go with four pacers, as Afghans can play spinners very well, but they are shy of playing rising deliveries.”

He said: “Pakistan team can’t afford to relax and any complacency can spell disaster for the green caps. After back-to-back victories against South Africa and New Zealand, Pakistan has finally gained the momentum and they must carry on with the good work. They must also try to win the match against Afghanistan with decent margin to improve their run-rate, which is still in minus.

“Afghans are playing very intelligent cricket, but they lack experience, which is the main reason behind their loss against Sri Lanka and India. Pakistan must beware of the genuine threat Afghans pose, as they are second last hurdle in Pakistan’s path towards the semifinals,” he added.

Sarfaraz said: “I think Pakistani openers need to up the tempo, as the way they consume too many precious deliveries without rotating the strike, it can be harmful against Afghans. I think they should have beaten Kiwis with at least 5 overs to spare, but they drag the match into the final over. I think Sarfraz Ahmed was highly fortunate that he lost the toss, as half of his work was reduced by Williamson by opting to bat first.

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