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Why was Sarfaraz Ahmed preferred over Mohammad Haris?

Mohammad Haris was chosen over Sarfaraz Ahmed because he can start the batting as well, according to Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim, who gave his opinion on the team selection for the T20 World Cup and the England series on Friday.

On Thursday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released the squads for the team’s upcoming international matches, replacing Mohammad Rizwan for the home series against England with Mohammad Haris. He is also a travelling backup for the ICC competition that is taking place in Australia.

Wasim said to The News that the selection committee was seeking for the backup wicket-keeper for the Australian tour, someone who can also play as an opener, when they chose Mohammad Haris over the more seasoned Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Since Mohammad Rizwan is an opener, a backup wicketkeeper would only be necessary if Rizwan was injured or unable to bat. In that situation, we would need an opening batsman, and Haris is ideal for that.

Wasim claimed that although they admire Sarfaraz for his contributions to national cricket, they don’t believe he can make a difference when playing at No. 6 or No. 7 in white-ball matches.

At that position, the team often requires a power hitter, he continued.For red-ball cricket, however, where his experience is needed, Sarfaraz serves as the backup wicketkeeper. The decision to include him on the team for the T20 World Cup was also up for debate, but in the end, we believe that Rizwan should be replaced with someone who can also open.