Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has offered valuable advice to the national team’s top-order batters, including Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Fakhar Zaman, ahead of the highly anticipated T20 World Cup 2024.

Speaking to the media in Karachi, Khan emphasized the critical importance of scoring quick runs during the middle overs of T20I cricket, stressing the necessity of maintaining a healthy run rate of 8-9 runs per over post-powerplay.

“In modern T20 cricket, a score of 170 is no longer sufficient. Teams need to aim for at least 200 runs to secure a competitive advantage,” Khan stated, underlining the need for aggressive batting strategies to achieve this target.


He specifically addressed Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, and Mohammad Rizwan, urging them to elevate their batting tempo and adapt to the dynamic demands of contemporary T20 cricket.

“Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, and Rizwan will have to go to the next gear. Nowadays, more runs can be scored at a rapid pace,” Khan emphasized, highlighting the pivotal role of key players in shaping the team’s performance.

“It is the responsibility of the players to play aggressively and set a formidable total.”

Acknowledging the evolving nature of T20 cricket, Khan stressed the importance of flexibility and collective effort within the team, urging players to contribute effectively in various situations and positions.


“Captains need to think creatively, and players must step out of their comfort zones to support team objectives,” Khan remarked, advocating for a collaborative approach towards achieving success in the T20 World Cup.

As Pakistan embarks on their tour of Ireland, Khan’s words of wisdom serve as a guiding beacon for the team’s aspirations.

With the upcoming series serving as a crucial preparatory phase for the T20 World Cup, Pakistan aims to leverage their squad’s potential and secure their second title, following their triumph under Khan’s leadership in 2009.

With stalwarts like Mohammad Amir, who made his debut under Khan’s captaincy, the current squad holds promise for a successful campaign in the prestigious tournament.

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