Top 5 Pakistan Players to Watch Out in Asia Cup 2016 : Recently, Pakistan has lost the T20 International series against New Zealand as 2-1 in New Zealand. It is tough for Pakistan to win the Asia Cup third time with their poor batting line-up. Under Shahid Afiridi, they won the Asia Cup in 2012 by defeating India in the finals. Asia Cup will be played in T20 format for the first time from 24th February. In this tournament, 5 Asian superpowers will fight to become champion. Here we look at the 5 Pakistan players to watch out in the Asia Cup.
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One among the many Pakistani pacers with good pace and a nippy action, Wahab Riaz came into the reckoning in 2008 when he was selected in the ODI squads to play against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Nowadays, Pakistan bowling line-up is nothing without Wahab Riaz. He will be the match-winner for Pakistan team with his pace and length in the Asia Cup 2016.
Sarfraz AHmed is the current vice-captain of the Pakistan ODI and T20I cricket team. He is an aggressive player who can demolish the fast bowlers. He has played 13 International T20Is and scored 149 runs with a best knock of 76*(not out). His strike-rate in T20I is 112.87. His stats says that he will be the star player of Pakistan in the upcoming both Asia Cup and Twenty20 World Cup tournament.
Shoaib Malik is a player who can contribute with both bat and ball to his team. He came back to International cricket after a long time and scored back to back centuries for Pakistan. In 70 T20I matches, he scored 1251 runs at an average of 24.05. His best knock in International T20 is 75 and his strike-rate is 110.61. And he took 23 wickets in T20I with a best figure of 2/7. So, without doubt, he will be key player for Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2016.
Mohammad Amir, a left-hand fast bowler of Pakistan, recently came back to International cricket against New Zealand after survives 5 year ban. Mohammad Amir bags hat-trick during Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League (PSL). He took 24 International T20 wickets in just 21 matches with a best figure of 3/23. With his pace, he will contribute for Pakistan to clinch the Asia Cup title again.
The Pakistan all-rounder has been around for the longest time and this year’s Asia Cup will be Afridi’s penultimate international tournament. Afridi has the swashbuckling batting ability to take the match away from the opposition. And if he gets going, the people sitting in the crowd better look for cover.