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Babar Azam needs to improve his dot ball percentage: Wasim Akram

He was also unimpressed with the batting approach of young players

Babar Azam needs to improve his dot ball percentage: Wasim Akram PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan legendary pacer Wasim Akram believes that the Men in Green’s all-format skipper Babar Azam needs to improve his dot-ball percentage, especially in the first powerplay.

While speaking during the Kashmir Premier League (KPL)’s drafting ceremony, Akram said that players need to evolve in T20 cricket.

“They [Pakistan batsmen] need to look at the top batsmen in the world and learn from how they approach their game. We have Babar Azam and Rizwan is in good nick as well but I think Babar needs to improve his dot ball percentage in the first six overs. The players need to evolve especially with so much T20 cricket being played,” said Akram.

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He was also unimpressed with the batting approach of young players, while also questioning the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s ability to produce talented batsmen.

“We have had six PSL seasons but can you name one batsman which came through the emerging category. Haider Ali’s name came up but he is not consistent. Hafeez is 40 odd, he is physically very fit and part of the team. I’m happy that he is playing well, although currently he is out of form. If there was any other good batsman, he would have been replaced but that’s not the case,” he said.

“Batting doesn’t mean that you have to hit a six on every ball. You have to pick your bowler, spot and opposition along with situation awareness. A coach won’t tell you about situation awareness, it comes from the intelligence within players and they need to learn that,” he added.