Pakistan Cricket Board has announced their squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, starting in the mid-October. The squad consists of 15 members and have 3 reserves in case of injuries.
PAKISTAN SQUAD :
PCB has made some big decisions in the squad, leaving out the experienced players and adding some young guns with an all-round ability to bat and bowl. Surely, this can be helpful for Pakistan but the squad has lack of experience, there is no-doubt about that. The side will be led by captain Babar Azam, who is in some fine form in T20i’s. Shadab Khan is the vice-captain of the team.
The selectors have made some interesting choices with Fakhar Zaman, Usman Qadir and Shahnawaz Dahani in as reserves.
A good trick by Pakistan ???
This squad will play against England and New Zealand in the upcoming matches of T20i’s. The men in Green will face New Zealand in 3 ODI’S and 5 T20i’s. After the kiwis, the Englishmen will tour Pakistan, for the first time in 15 years for 2 T20i’s. This will help the squad to get in shape before the T20 World Cup opener.
OLD IS NOT GOLD ??
New players given a chance means that selectors have decided to look away from the experienced player- Batting allrounder Shoaib Malik, Left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz and wicketkeeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed. Ahmed was kept in the squad against West Indies. But he is not selected in the squad.
BACKUP WICKETKEEPER – A COMPROMISE OR A COVER-UP ?
Azam Khan will be the backup wicketkeeper, after Mohammad Rizwan is the first choice wicketkeeper for the team. Azam’s performance in England within the field was appalling. So to cover-up his fielding woes, he is been given the place of wicket-keeper.
PLAYERS WHO CAME FROM PSL :
Shahnawaz Dahani :
Shahnawaz Dahani hasn’t made his international debut yet. Moreover, his ability with both bat and bowl, speaks for him, with his brilliant bowling figures in the PSL 2021, he is selected on that basis. He picked up 20 wickets in 11 games, he played for Multan Sultans, bagging 2 four-fers. He is also a death bowling asset with his record in PSL with a handy economy just above 8.
Sohaib Maqsood :
Sohaib Maqsood is making a comeback in the side after his outstanding performance in the PSL. Even though, he has played 26 matches for Pakistan in T20i’s but his performances have not been great. In the PSL, the 34-year-old tonked 428 runs in 12 innings at an attacking strike rate of 156.78 with an average of 47. In fact ,he can be the player who can finish the middle order woes for Pakistan.
INDIA Vs PAKISTAN : TOURNAMENT OPENER
Pakistan will face their arch-rivals, team India in the opening fixture of ICC T20 WORLD CUP 2021. The match will take place on 24th October in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.