Analysts and Pakistani veterans have long discussed changing the batting order at the top of the order, but the discussions were put on hold due to the runs Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam had been scoring. However, the topic has come up again as Pakistan’s 2022 T20 World Cup campaign is now in jeopardy after losing both of its first two games. The two losses were mostly caused by the openers’ lack of effort and a weak middle-order lineup. Additionally, experienced Pakistani bowler Mohammad Amir criticized Rizwan for being unable to go outside of his comfort zone and blamed Fakhar Zaman for suffering the repercussions before the match against the Netherlands in Perth.

Before the T20 World Cup, there was growing talk of removing Babar and Rizwan from the opening position to improve the middle order and reinstate Fakhar at the top of the lineup. PCB president Ramiz Raja, who affirmed that Babar and Rizwan will continue to open for Pakistan in the World Cup, dismissed the discussion.

Veterans have asked the Pakistan team management to change their mind about Fakhar, however, after the double defeats. The decision to start Rizwan as the opener, which eliminated Fakhar from the starting lineup, was made by the previous head coach Misbah ul-Haq, according to Ami, who spoke with 24 News HD. Pakistan has yet to corroborate its side of the story. Rizwan was criticized by Amir for being unable to go outside of his comfort zone and rejecting the ruling that would have allowed Fakhar to open for Pakistan.

“Yeh openers wala start huya tha jab Rizwan ko uthake open karwa di thi aur Fakhar jaisa banda, jo iss time pe Pakistan ka greatest T20 opener hai, uspe churi pheri,” said Misbah the opener. County main shuru se open kar raha tha Livingstone. If you can play a middle-order part, my brother, then you can fit in. Unko kaha tha ki bhai. Wow, what a player, but he succeeded. Sabse bara chakka marta hain, abhi dekhiye. White-ball primary opener Markram, no. 4 main abhi perform kar raha hai.”

“Every player has a performance to provide. Aapne, apna jagah bachane…main toh No. 5 main nehi khel sakta air powerplay use karna hai Bali ka bakra bana diya, Fakhar. Don’t use openers because they are restricted or because they are in your comfort zone, he advised.