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Players given a chance have performed well, says Safaraz Ahmed

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said that cricket team has several talented players and all those who were given a chance have performed well-making selection even more difficult.

Sarfaraz was addressing a press conference in Dubai ahead of the T20 series starting on Thursday against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan white-washed the Islanders in the five-match series.

“It is good that players who are given a chance are performing well and proving themselves.

“This shows that Pakistan’s bench strength is improving. We cannot decide which player to rest and which should play,” he said.

Sarfaraz Ahmed hopes to continue the momentum during the T20 series. He said the ODI series could not improve their world ranking and hoped it will happen later.

But Ahmed said his team will not underestimate Sri Lanka.

“It’s satisfying to win the ODIs and we will target that same winning momentum, but definitely we will not take Sri Lanka lightly,” he said.

Sarfaraz confirmed the Ahmed Shahzad despite not performing in the ODI series will open the match on Thursday and hope he will perform well in T20.

Pakistan has won nine straight ODIs since lifting the Champions Trophy in June and has won nine of their last 11 Twenty20 internationals — all since Sarfraz Ahmed took over as captain.

If Pakistan sweeps the T20 series they will come within a point of first-place New Zealand and could go top if India beat the Black Caps in a three-match series next month.

Pakistan’s pace bowling will be further boosted by the return of Mohammad Amir who missed the ODIs with a shin injury.



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