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Hafeez, Malik in our plans for T20 World Cup: Misbah

Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has said that senior players like Muhammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are in their plans for the T20 World Cup to be played in India from October this year. 

Talking to the reporters virtually, Misbah said: “Pakistan had been without key players like Muhammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan and Shoaib Malik in the T20 series and when they return, the options would increase. The good thing is that now after the PSL 6, we will have a good pool of players, seniors and youngsters, to choose from. 

“I am not worried about the T20 World Cup now as there is still time (some eight months) and we still have some 20 matches ahead of us, so I think we will have a good pool of players to choose from going forward to the World Cup,” said the head coach. 

Misbah believes that Pakistan batsmen need to improve their play against spin, if they are to do well in this year’s World T20 Cup in India. “I think batsmen from both sides struggled in this series also because the spinners bowled well. But yes our batting against spin is something we need to look at and improve as even we can see the errors. “The fact is we are not playing spin well and if we are to do well in India, we have to learn to play spin better and improve the way we play spinners,” he added.  The former captain said he was happy to see debutant leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood doing well. “I think Zahid bowled very well and he is a good addition to our pool of players. It is good to see we have a bunch of good spinners who are wicket-taking options for us especially in T20s and this will help us in India,” he said. 

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