All through their ICC World Cup campaign, Pakistan played their full strength squad and even against a Bangladesh side that was lacking several key players, the visitors resisted the temptation to fill its playing eleven with fringe players.
With this series already in the bag, they will not get a better chance than this to try those who have not seem much or any playing time in the past few months. We’re talking about the likes of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.
They can even take their experimentation a step above by trying a different combination than Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, as some experts feel the two are similar in playing philosophy and the opening pairing could use a different guy that has a more gung-ho approach a la Fakhar Zaman.
Bangladesh showed some fight in the series opener and took the game to the wire but in the follow-up game they were completely flat and subsequently overpowered by their much stronger opponents.
Their openers Mohammad Naim and Saif Hassan failed again, and other than some resistance shown by Najmul Hossain Shanto (40) and Afif Hossain (20), no one could do much against Pakistan’s powerful bowling unit.
The question now for the team’s think tank is whether to stick with what hasn’t worked or chop and change things. Best would be to give another chance to the failing options as the series is already lost and maybe another chance is all they’d need to show some signs of life.