The Pakistan Cricket Board has taken the world with the changes in their board, either it is changing in Chairman position or the coaches and the T20 Squad. The current squad looks much better than the previous squad announced a month ago with fresh youngsters but this squad has a perfect balance between the youngsters and experienced players. The biggest addition to the side is the inclusion of Shoab Malik. When it comes to experience, no one cannot look past Shoaib Malik, Malik has played almost every T20i league around the world. With the talk of experience, Sarfaraz Ahmed is also been added to the squad.
CAN PAKISTAN WITH THEIR GOLDEN FORM, WIN THEIR 2ND T20 WORLD CUP TITLE?
TEAM PREVIEW :
The Pakistan team has had a decent run in the T20 internationals but has missed international cricket practice due to security issues. The Pakistan team has played 13 T20is and has managed to win 6 games out of them. The irony is that they had the whole Windies tour washed out due to rain. The form will not be a problem for the players as they are playing in the National T20 Cup. Due to the good performances in the T20 Cup, there have been a lot of changes in the squad.
PAKISTAN SQUAD :
Updated squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik
Travelling reserves: Khushdil Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.
MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SQUAD :
Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Fakhar Zaman added in the squad.
Shoaib Malik, the most experienced player in Pakistan’s setup, has been added to the squad, with the injury of Shoaib Maqsood. Maqsood showed a lot of good performances in the tournament but his injury has forced him out of the tournament. Whereas Sarfaraz Ahmed has been added in place of Azam Khan as a backup wicketkeeper. Azam Khan is also removed from the squad due to low performance and fitness levels. Fakhar Zaman, who was in the reserves in the previous squad is also added to the main squad with Kushdil Shah removed from the original squad.
Change in Coaches
The dynamics of Pakistan Cricket has changed totally in a month’s time. The head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their positions ahead of the T20 World Cup. PCB has roped in legendary Australian opening batsman, Matthew Hayden and South-African all-around legend, Vernon Philander. Also, Saqlain Mushtaq, who used to coach English Cricket Team, has decided to coach his home country.
Key Players in Good form :
Important Players in the Pakistan setup are looking in great touch in the National T20 Cup. Babar Azam and Haider Ali are looking in fine touch with being the top-5 run-scorer in the tournament. Whereas, bowlers are also looking in full rhythm, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi are in the top-3 wicket-taker list of tournaments with a brilliant strike rate.
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SWOT ANALYSIS :
- Bowlers in good form
- Solid Top Order
- Mixed pool of experienced players
- No Quality spinners
- Weak Lower Order
- Fakhar Zaman
- Shoaib Malik
- Babar Azam
- If top order collapses, no player to control innings