Islamabad: Former Pakistan Test openers Mudassar Nazar and Mohsin Khan have urged the national team to settle on the three opening positions in the side, in order to bring about stability to the batting line-up.
They support the idea of Kamran Akmal being used either as opener or at No. 3 in limited-overs matches, in order to get the best out of the wicketkeeper-batsman.
During the ongoing South Africa tour, both Captain Misbahul Haq and Vice-Captain Mohammad Hafeez were reportedly at loggerheads over playing Kamran Akmal in the opening slot. Mohsin, who was a former chief selector, believed Kamran is there for a reason, and should be utilised accordingly.
The key reason for Kamran’s selection is because of his skills with the bat, although there are other wicketkeepers on the domestic circuit who can replace him, he said. After the Nazar-Mohsin pair and the departure of Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar, Pakistan have been experimenting with several players in the hope of finding a reliable opening duo.
The last enduring opening pair in limited-overs was that of Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal, between 2005 and 2010. Both added 1000 ODI runs in 29 matches.