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NOTTINGHAM – After a comprehensive defeat against the West Indies in the opening match of their World Cup campaign, where Pakistan were bowled out for 105 batting first, the team management has decided to include a promising youngster in World Cup squad.
21-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who impressed everyone with her showing during the World Cup opening ceremony in London, might be included in the World Cup squad to sure up the batting lineup.
Sources within the Pakistan team management have revealed that they were particularly impressed by how the youngster performed in trying conditions.
“She was particularly adept at dealing with the short ball, and looked good in her stroke-play square off the wicket,” a Pakistan Cricket Board official told The Dependent. “And that’s what our batting lineup needs.”
Malala, who is renowned for her fight and determination, has a history of successfully dealing with dangerous attacks, including those orchestrated by the jihadist groups.
She has a proven track record of dealing with short-pitched deliveries and bouncers, many of which have historically been thrown at her from her compatriots.
With Pakistan struggling in the power-hitting department, analysts maintain that the side could include fewer individuals with more power than the 21-year-old.
The Pakistani management is confident that Malala will add fighting spirit, drive and team-work to the Pakistani side.
“We’re hoping she might be able to educate the side as well in subjects such as resolve, determination and steadfastness,” another PCB official said.