In the past two years, Pakistan’s middle order has scored fewer runs than Ireland and Afghanistan.

The ODI World Cup 2023 and the Asia Cup are both slated to be held in Pakistan and India, respectively, during the next six months, giving Pakistan a jam-packed ODI season.

Unquestionably, the Babar Azam-led team has a wide range of selection possibilities, particularly in white-ball cricket. The team has strong reserves in every position.

Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, and Shah Masood are all serious contenders for the opening position in ODI cricket.

In the one-down position, Babar Azam is in the best shape of his life and has recently displayed excellent performance.

The number four to six, which has been the side’s weakest region over the past two years, is the only position where the Men in Green fall short of other teams.

In the past two years of ODI cricket, batsmen at positions four through six have not performed admirably and are only slightly higher in average than Australia and New Zealand.

The middle order of South Africa, which scored 2,389 runs at an average of 43.43, tops the list, followed by the middle order of Bangladesh, which scored 2,245 runs at an average of 37.41.

However, in 18 games, Pakistani batters have scored 1,205 runs at an average of 30.89, compared to averages of 34.79, 33.05, and 32.22 for England, India, and Ireland.

Batting averages for positions 4-6 over the previous two years:

Team Matches  Runs  Average 
South Africa 26 2,389 43.43
Bangladesh 27 2,245 37.41
England 24 1,844 34.79
India 36 2,611 33.05
Ireland 21 1,505 32.71
Afghanistan 12 870 32.22
Zimbabwe 27 2,150 31.15
Pakistan 18 1,205 30.89
New Zealand 27 1,894 30.00
Australia 23 1,549 27.66

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