‘Don’t need an 80-year-old running around in two people’ – Simon Doull wants Pakistan to avoid playing Shoaib, Hafeez together
Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull has said that he doesn’t want Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik playing together in today’s match against India. Hafeez has been exceptional despite being 41 years old, Shoaib Malik was not in the original squad. However, Shoaib Maqsood’s injury allowed Malik to come into the squad.
Doull feels that Pakistan should include one in the playing XI for the match against the arch-rivals.
It seems Shoaib will sit out with Haider Ali playing the game. Doull also had a similar opinion and wants Babar Azam to go ahead with Hafeez.
He said on the Cricbuzz show, “I don’t think they can play Hafeez and Shoaib Malik together. You don’t need an 80-year-old running around in two people. That can’t happen. I just don’t think they can play two 40-year-olds on the same team so I will go with Hafeez and Haidar Ali.”
Doull further added that Malik failed to perform in CPL.
“I watched them both in the CPL and, I mean, I have got to say Shoaib Malik was really bad. Really bad. Eyes were gone, [he was] really struggling. I know he had one really good innings in the [National T20 cup] but I just watched him enough in the CPL to think I just couldn’t have the two of them in the same team. They both struggle to get going early on so they have to make that choice. And because Hafeez can bowl a bit still, that’s why I would go with him,” Doull said.