Is Young Gun Azam Khan knocking the door for a Potential T20I Consideration?

Young gun Azam Khan, the son of Moin Khan is not just known because of his famous father but also due to his ability to smash the ball out of the stadium. He has proven to be a worthy hitter from time to time. Yet, he does not seem to have a place in the national cricket team. But is there any chance that his fortune might change?

What does the Pakistan cricket team require exactly?

It is not unknown that the national cricket team in T20 cricket needs a player who can play the middle overs sensibly but also accelerate and find ways to score boundaries. There have been numerous players who have been tested to fill in that role but unfortunately, the search has still been going on. 

Recent performance of Young Gun Azam Khan that turned heads

Azam Khan, the 24-year-old right-handed batsman may be the best candidate for that particular job, and here is why. His scoring 109 runs on just 58 balls which included 10 fours and five sixes in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League is one of the reasons that add substance to his case. This inning made him the only wicket-keeper batsman from Pakistan to score a century. It also made him receive appreciation from the fans and also persuaded the Ex West indies captain to come forward and say that Pakistan is missing out on this talent and he should be picked. 

Reasons why the 24-year-old wicket-keeper batsman could be the solution to Pakistan’s long-lasting problem?

If there’s one thing that holds the Pakistan team from being a beast in T20 cricket is the slow approach by batsmen and the low strike rates. However, Young Gun Azam Khan does not seem to have that problem. If we talk about league cricket, he has a strike rate of 165.61 which is more than enough. His batting average of 43.33 also shows that he is not only a hitter but also a player on whom the team can rely. 

In T20, the teams he has played for include Khulna Tigers, Barbados Royals, Galle Gladiators, Quetta Gladiators, and Islamabad United. His performance against right-arm leg break is extremely good. In 30 innings, he faced 157 balls and scored 260 runs at an average of 43.33 and a strike rate of 165.66. These stats go on to show that even as a right-handed batsman, he does not seem to struggle against leg spin.

Moreover, young gun Azam Khan can prove to be quite useful for the team in the middle overs when it’s needed to score at a higher rate. Between 12-16 overs, his strike rate is 155.9 and from 17-20, his strike rate is 187.4. This tells us that not only can he provide the boost to runs in the middle overs but also hit big in the death overs which is what the shortest format of cricket is very much focused upon. 

He also has plenty of experience batting at different positions such as 4, 5, and 6. So his position in the team could be adjusted according to the opposition, situation, and strength.

Should he be included in the team despite his fitness?

The main hurdle in Azam Khan’s career is his fitness. It’s the main concern that most probably stops the selectors from selecting him. While fitness is of immense importance in the game of cricket, it is also imperative to acknowledge a player like him and give him the chance to represent his country. With that, the importance of fitness could be emphasized. This year’s PSL would also provide an opportunity for the young gun to further pave his way into the national team. 

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