On the Pakistan’s defense day, Pakistan announced their squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Some surprising entries were made into the squad; sidelining the experienced players.
Mohammad Wasim proclaimed a 15-men squad for the T20 World cup, starting from October 17. Moreover, this squad will clash against New Zealand and England before the world cup. It should be noted that any changes in the squad are possible before October 10.
The chief selector said they have tried to add names to rescue the team’s problems; to cope with fragile middle order and deliver performances by handling the pressure well.
Sarfraz Ahmad, the former t20 captain of Pakistan, was dropped with experienced Wahab Riaz and veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik. Also, Sharjeel Khan couldn’t impress the chief selector. Moreover, Mohammad Amir wasn’t part of this contest because of his retirement.
Babar Azam will captain this team while Shadab Khan remains vice-captain. Mohammad Rizwan, unquestionably, is the front-runner wicket-keeper, and Azam Khan is selected as his backup.
Upon Azam Khan’s selection, the chief selector said Khan is selected to balance the team’s requirements and also to serve the role of pinch hitter.
As Khushdil and Asif Ali returned to the squad, Wasim stated, we selected those who could hit the team in fine fettle or facing pressure to strengthen the middle order.
He explained that we had tried different options earlier, selected Asif and Khushdil as the left-right hand combination, and invested our trust in them.
Moreover, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hassan Ali, and Mohammad Hasnain are in the World cup squad.
The left-hand batter Fakhar Zaman, the inspiring young bowler Shahnawaz Dahani, and leg-spinner Usman Qadir will travel with the team as reserves.
The Pakistan team will face New Zealand and Afghanistan and kick start their journey in the T20 world cup, clashing with Team India.
It is fair to say that Pakistan is building its trust ad hope in the young talent instead of revising the experienced players.
The Pakistan team will heavily relay on Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam. Fortunately; both have played brilliantly as openers against South Africa and England. On the other hand, Azam Khan is the cherry-pick among the pool of selection, and Wasim Jnr got picked because he can provide batting depth for the team. Probably, it will be the last chance for Hafeez to sign-off from cricket successfully.
Shaheen Afridi and Hassan Ali have been our best bowlers, with Wasim Jnr, Haris Rauf, and Hasnain being valuable additions. Imad can provide early breakthroughs, and Shadab can extract wickets with the old ball. Moreover, the impact of Asif Ali and Sohaib Maqsood is obvious after the PSL-6.
It is safe to conclude that the Pakistan team led by Babar Azam holds the capacity to knock down any opponent.
The T20 matches with New Zealand and England will start from September 25 and October 14 respectively, and then the Pakistan team will make their way towards the mega event.
Squad: Babar Azam ©, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Sohaib Maqsood, Shaheen Shah Afridi.