August 4, 2006, 06:33 AM
Shahriar Nafees is a batsman who takes his time to get going but always scores at a decent rate not great though. But he can play the sheet anchor role for us and so can hold one end up. For me ideally his partner would be someone aggressive who could play his shots over the in-field. To me Aftab should be the one opening with him. Virtually he opened in all the 4 ODIs and drafting him as an opener would just allow him to play more freely without the added pressure of a batsman down. Opening with Rajin and Javed would just slow things up at the top more. It's also not that Javed and Rajin makes up their slow batting by giving us some stability at the top. So if we have to lose 1 or 2 batsmen within the first 10 over, it better be Aftab making a quickfire 30 or 40 then a single digit score by javed or Rajin wasting 30 odd deliveries.