Pakistan’s young opener Saim Ayub once again found himself under scrutiny after failing to make a significant impact with the bat during the final T20I against Ireland.

Despite formidable performances from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, who scored half-centuries at a striking rate exceeding 140, Ayub’s contribution remained modest as he managed just 14 runs from 11 balls during Pakistan’s pursuit of a 179-run target to seal the series victory.

While Azam and Rizwan’s heroics secured the win and clinched the series 2-1 for Pakistan, Ayub’s lacklustre performances have prompted fans and critics alike to question his place in the team.


Although Saim Ayub displayed promise with a score of 45 in the first T20I, his subsequent innings of 6 and 14 in the following matches have failed to meet expectations.

The left-handed batter’s inability to register a half-century in his T20I career has raised doubts regarding his suitability for the playing XI.

With an average of 15.77, Ayub has amassed 289 runs in 18 innings, falling short of delivering consistent performances at the international level.

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Pakistan’s decision to break the established opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to accommodate Ayub has yet to yield fruitful results, casting further uncertainty on his role within the team.

As fans express their concerns over Ayub’s form and efficacy, the pressure mounts on the young opener to justify his place in the side and deliver impactful performances in future matches. Or else, he might find himself missing out on a place in the T20 World Cup team.

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