Abdullah Shafiq
Abdullah Shafiq. (Picture by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

Pakistan’s Abdullah Shafique has been referred to as as much as the Pakistan ODI staff for the sequence in opposition to West Indies after his stable show in opposition to Australia within the dwelling Take a look at sequence earlier this 12 months. His spectacular performances have garnered excessive praises from his captain Babar Azam.

The 22- year-old recorded his maiden Take a look at century within the opening match and adopted it up with two half-centuries within the subsequent two Assessments in opposition to a top-quality Aussie bowling lineup. Babar Azam showered some excessive praises on the right-handed batter and he even in contrast Shafique to the batting greats Rahul Dravid and Kane Williamson.

“I watch and undoubtedly get pleasure from Abdullah’s fashionable batting. He performs very clear his stance and the way in which he geese the ball are spectacular. Normally, we examine him to Kane Williamson and Rahul Dravid. We name him Dravid,” the 27-year-old revealed to an area newspaper.

Babar Azam picks Abdullah Shafique forward of Shan Masood

Abdullah Shafique has reveled in his latest outings for the nationwide staff, however he faces stiff competitors from Shan Masood for the opening spot. Masood, who’s presently plying his commerce within the County Championship, has made a powerful assertion for his choice within the nationwide facet, as the highest order batter has obtained three half-centuries to his title to associate with two double centuries and a century for Derbyshire up to now.

Nonetheless, Babar believes that Shafique provides extra stability to the Pakistan squad and the choices are based mostly on the pursuits of enhancing the staff moderately than particular person abilities. “Within the presence of Abdullah, the place of opener Shan Masood, one other polished batter, could also be doubtful, however our foremost goal in deciding on a person is the staff’s curiosity,” Babar added.

Abdullah Shafique, the Sialkot-born batter, could be in line for making his debut in ODI’s for the nationwide facet within the upcoming ODI sequence in opposition to West Indies to be performed in June. Pakistan shall be taking part in a four-match ODI sequence in opposition to the Males in Maroon at dwelling.