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Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan needs a finisher like Hardik Pandya

Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has said that the current Pakistan side is missing a finisher in the form of Hardik Pandya. He also emphasized Pakistan’s middle-order hitters’ lack of consistency and advocated for adjustments ahead of the next T20 World Cup 2022 next month.

Hardik has recently established himself as one of the top all-rounders in T20Is after overcoming injury concerns. He only scored 50 runs in the Asia Cup 2022, but he struck an unbeaten 33-run knock-off 17 balls against Pakistan in a group match to help India win in the final over.

He carried that momentum into the last T20I against Australia, guiding India to a 2-1 series triumph on Sunday (September 25).

Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in the just-finished 2022 Asia Cup and are now tied at 2-2 in a seven-match T20I series versus England at home. When asked whether the current Pakistan side lacked a finisher like Hardik, Afridi agreed. He also said that Pakistani players, notably all-rounder Shadab Khan, are inconsistent.

Pakistan, according to Shahid, must improve in both the bowling and batting categories if they are to win the 2017 T20 World Cup in Australia. He recommended the team’s management use Aamer Jamal, a 26-year-old uncapped pacer, as an all-rounder. Jamal is a member of the current team, however, he has not played in the first four games against England.