Pakistan’s probable World cup T20I squad
Pakistan is widely considered as the dark horse in the coming T20I World cup. Their adopted home ground of UAE is one of the main reasons why they are considered as a dangerous team in this event . Also over the years they have developed a good T20I core team. In the recent T20I series they lost to England 2-1 and beat West Indies 1-0 in a rain affected series . They will start the T20I World Cup with their first game vs arch rivals India.
Some of their key players going into the T20I World cup could be skipper Babar Azam , Mohammad Rizwan , Shaheen Afridi , Hassan Ali , Mohammad Hafeez , Imad Wasim , Fakkar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf .
The bowling has a lot of variety but the batting is a bit too dependent on Babar and Rizwan . Time for others like Fakkar Zaman to step up.
Their Pakistan’s probable World cup T20I squad can be as under
Babar Azam A masterful player. Currently opening in T20Is with a strike rate of 131. Has scored 2204 runs at 47 average in 61 T20Is . The batting mainstay of the team
Mohammed Hafeez : Experienced cricketer of 113 T20I games . Has developed his T20I skills over the years . With over 2400 runs he maintains a strike rate of 121 . An extremely efficient spinner with 60 wickets at 22 average and 6.54 economy which is excellent in T20I. Bowls often in powerplays and gets breakthroughs.
Mohammed Rizwan: Pakistan’s most improved cricketer in last 2 years. Very consistent and resilient . The main keeper of the team. In 43 matches he averages 48 with 128 strike rate opening the batting . Pakistan will depend a lot on Rizwan to give good starts .
Shoaib Maqsood: Though he does not have a striking T20 record but a strike rate of 156 in last two domestic seasons should see him in the squad . Can really hit a quick cameo in the middle order
Fakkar Zaman: He hasn’t replicated his ODI form in T20Is yet and hence bats in middle order. Still 136 strike rate is considered very good . Has scored 1021 runs in 53 matches. Pakistan can think about opening with him to have a left and right opening combination .
Haris Rauf: Bowls quick with good Yorkers at the death . 28 wickets in 23 games with an economy of 8.9 , which he needs to bring down . Has lot of experience of franchise cricket around the world
Shadab Khan: Shadab can be a key to Pakistan’s chances . He can score at 127 strike rate in the lower order. A brilliant fielder and a very good leggie with 58 wickets in 53 games at an economy of 7.4 which is high quality . Needs to perform well for Pakistan to succeed.
Imad Wasim: The left arm spinner works very well in powerplays . Has taken 51 wickets in 52 games at 6.4 economy which is excellent. Can bat at 146 strike rate too . A crucial component in the team.
Sharjeel Khan: Back in the national side after issues with match fixing . Scores at 133 strike rate having scored 406 runs in 21 matches. The lefthander can be the backup opener .
Sarfraz Ahmed: The former captain is now the reserve keeper of the side and can strike well at 127 with the bat . With captaincy experience and 60 T20Is , he can provide experience and advice .
Shaheen Afridi: The spearhead in the bowling attack . 32 wickets in 30 games at 8.17 strike rate and 27 average , Pakistan should use him as a strike bowler . With his left arm angle , pace and seam movement he can be one of the leading bowlers in the world cup .
Usman Qadir A wicket taking leggie and son of the legend Abdul Qadir . 20 wickets in 16 games at 7.41 strike rate, he will be useful on UAE pitches assisting bit of spin.
Fahim Ashraf A capable allrounder . strikes at 128 in batting and has taken 35wickets in 42 matches at a good 7.54 economy rate . He will be crucial to Pakistan’s chances.
Hassan Ali: Always ready to give 100% and extremely resilient character . 52 wickets in 41 games at 8.3 economy and can clobber the ball in the lower order at a 189 strike rate . He is always in the game
Mohammed Hasnain: Bowls at 140 plus. Very quick through the air . Can generate the speed . Has 17 wickets in 17 games for an econiny of 7.63. Can be a good bowling option in faster decks
Mohammed Nawaz The off spinner with 20 wickets in 24 games at 7.06 economy can provide a good spin backup