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After losing in the Asia Cup final, Saqlain Mushtaq supports Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam

After Pakistan’s defeat to Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final on Sunday in Dubai, head coach Saqlain Mushtaq downplayed worries about skipper Babar Azam’s performance and found nothing wrong with opener Mohammad Rizwan’s batting strategy.

Babar, who is presently ranked second among T20 batsmen in the world after colleague Rizwan, only scored 68 runs in six innings. His performance is concerning as the 20-over World Cup, which starts next month in Australia, is set to take place.

After their 23-run loss against Sri Lanka, Saqlain observed, “If someone looked at his batting, you’d just think he’s unlucky, given the way he’s getting out.”

“It’s just a patch; he’s (among the) best in T20 International and ODIs; it’s just been terrible luck; and his training and playing have been great.

Rizwan, Babar’s opening partner, top-scored for Pakistan in the final on Sunday with 55 off 49 balls, although his conventional batting style seemed inappropriate for the 20-over format. “His work ethic is top notch.”

Former test spinner Saqlain stated that “every team and player have their unique style and approaches.”

You are not have to follow the majority of people in the world, and his strategy is not flawed.
Saqlain also rejected ideas of pairing Fakhar Zaman with either Babar or Rizwan in a left-right opening combination.

It conveys that you don’t trust them if you keep shifting, he added.”You need to give them time. Shuffle frequently conveys the incorrect message.