Pakistani opener Fahar zaman on Thursday, he revealed that he used a bat donated by senior teammate Mohammad Hafiz to make his way to two consecutive hundreds in the just-concluded one-day series against South Africa.
Pakistan won the series 2-1, only their second series of ODI won on South African soil since 2013, with Zaman beating 193 and 102 in the last two ODI. “The bat I used in the series was given to me by Mohamed Hafeez,” Zaman told a virtual news conference on Thursday.
Hafeez, a former captain and senior player in the country, donated the bat after Fahar felt uncomfortable with those he had.
Appointed a player in the series, however, Zaman said he was still unsure whether he would play in the upcoming T20 series in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The left-hander was not initially named in the T20 team for the double rounds, but after his excellent 193, the coaches also named him in the T20 country.
Zaman, a hard-hitting batsman, said he was eager to open with his colleague, Sharjil Khan, who has a reputation as a big striker in T20 cricket. “It would be great if I could open with Sharjeel during the upcoming T20I matches against South Africa and Zimbabwe.”
He said Sharjil, also a left-hander, is one of his favorite players because of his aggressive style of play. “I would feel really good if I had the opportunity to fight next to him. He makes cricket look very easy. So let’s see what happens next,” he added.
Zaman said he would not weaken the order because the captain, Babar Azam was the regular opening of T20 cricket and also opened with Sharjeel in the Pakistan Super League.
“I can play in any position I’m asked to fight in. Today in T20 cricket you have to develop a mindset to be someone who can float in the batting order,” he added.