Fakhar Zaman sends message to Pakistan selectors with strong start to World Cup year

Jordan Carlisle March 2, 2021
Mercurial batsman sends strong message to Pakistan selectors with superb start to World Cup year
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Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman has sent a strong message to the Pakistan selectors with an impressive start to 2021.

30-year-old Zaman has been around for some time, accumulating 90 senior international appearances across all formats since making his debut in a T20I against West Indies in March 2017.

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His ODI record is very strong, with four hundreds and 13 fifties from 47 matches at an average of 45.58.

However, he’s flattered to deceive for Pakistan in the shortest format, only registering four half-centuries from 40 appearances.

Zaman’s poor returns led to him being dropped from the side following a series against Zimbabwe in November 2020, with Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam and Haider Ali the three players to open the batting in the Green Shirts’ most recent series against South Africa.

Zaman may feel he’s still in contention for a spot in Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup in India later this year, though, and he’s sent a message to the selectors with an excellent start to the PSL with Lahore Qalandars.

The swashbuckling left-hander is currently the third-top runscorer in the competition, with 189 from four innings at an impressive strike-rate of 143.18.

He’s played two knocks of real note so far, top-scoring in wins over Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings with 82* and 83 respectively.

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Both innings’ were boundary-laden as he dominated bowling attacks featuring the likes of Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Nabi.

When in the zone, Fakhar Zaman can be very destructive and if he keeps this kind of form up for the remainder of the tournament, it may be difficult for the selectors to leave him out as Pakistan’s World Cup preparations gather pace.

The opening batsman’s next chance to impress will come on Thursday, when the Qalandars take on Islamabad United at the National Stadium in Karachi.

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Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.