Babar Azam Explains reason behind dropping Aamir Jamal, Mohammad Haris from Pakistan Squad

News by “Sana Ullah”

Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain for white-ball cricket, elucidated the rationale behind excluding all-rounder Aamir Jamal and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Haris from the national squad set for the forthcoming series against Ireland and England, ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

During the team’s pre-departure press conference, Azam clarified the reasons for omitting Jamal and Haris from the upcoming series, crucial in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup.

“I acknowledge that Haris didn’t have many opportunities post the T20 World Cup [in 2022]. However, he did feature in [Pakistan Super League] PSL 9, but unfortunately, his performances weren’t up to par,” stated Babar Azam.

Azam highlighted that Haris primarily plays in the top order, which is already occupied by established players like himself, Mohammad Rizwan, Saim Ayub, and Fakhar Zaman, thereby limiting Haris’ chances in the squad.

“Haris operates in the top order, which already boasts a settled lineup including myself, Rizwan, Saim, and Fakhar, hence opportunities were scarce for him,” he added.

The star-batter also acknowledged Aamir Jamal’s prowess as an all-rounder but clarified that his notable performances came in Test cricket, emphasizing the disparity between Test and T20 formats.

“Aamir Jamal excelled in Test cricket, but Test performances can’t be directly equated with T20s. He possesses significant talent as an all-rounder. However, he needs more exposure and matches in the T20 format to refine his skills,” Azam concluded.

The Pakistan men’s cricket team is presently engaged in a three-day training session ahead of their three-match T20I series against Ireland.

The team is slated to depart for Dublin on 7th May, where they will contest three T20Is at Clontarf on 10th, 12th, and 14th May 2024, all scheduled to commence at 3 PM local time.

The forthcoming series in Ireland, followed by four T20Is in England, serves as a pivotal phase for Pakistan to fine-tune their preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the United States of America (USA).

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