Ramiz Raja Feels Asif Ali Would Have Been Ideal For Pakistan

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ICC World Cup 2019: Ramiz Raja Feels Asif Ali Would Have Been Ideal For Pakistan 

ICC World Cup 2019: Ramiz Raja Feels Asif Ali Would Have Been Ideal For Pakistan
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Much like any other board, Pakistan also announced their squad with a few surprise inclusions and exclusions. One of the surprise names on the chart to be missed out is Asif Ali, who has been their power-hitter in the recent past. Meanwhile, Ramiz Raja bats for his inclusion in the major event.

Asif Ali had a stellar season in the Pakistan Super League, where he accumulated 281 runs to his name. Further, he also did reasonably well in the International cricket to find a place in the Pakistan squad but unfortunately, he couldn’t find a place in the side.

Pakistan needs Asif Ali at number 6 – Ramiz Raja

Speaking of Asif Ali, Ramiz Raja quoted that Pakistan management and coach Mickey Arthur made the mistake by not picking the match-winner like Ali. He believes that Pakistan needs a batsman, who can smash those ball out of the park down the order.

Ramiz Raja, Asif Ali
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Further, he went on to add saying that they kept him under pressure by asking to perform in the matches against England. Ramiz Raja stressed the inclusion of Asif Ali for the ICC World Cup 2019.

“There is a lot of undue pressure created on Asif by not selecting him. However, he showcased his hitting talent. And also, batted really well because Asif is [under] a lot of pressure as every match for him is a trial match,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.

Ramiz Raja, Asif Ali
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“Asif provides the Pakistani batting line-up with aggression and power hitting. And also, this is what Pakistan needs in the fifth and sixth slot,” he added.

Despite having won the World Cup in 1992, Pakistan has not often been considered favourites but dark horses at the 50-over quadrennial tournament. The former champions have, it is safe to say, lived up to the expectations blowing hot and cold over the years.

At the 2017 Champions Trophy, not many billed Pakistan as favourites but Sarfraz Ahmed‘s men stunned India in the final by 180 runs to claim the title at the Oval in London.

Pakistan will start their World Cup campaign against Windies on May 31 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham and will face the arch-rivals India on June 16 in Manchester.

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