Two injured players, one makes it to the 15-man squad while the other is in the list of reserved players for the T20 World Cup. A barrage of questions are raised on social media over Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad selection.
Many of the former Pakistani cricketers have criticized the team selection. The decision to exclude Fakhar Zaman has not gone down well with the former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar.
The fast bowler believes that with this squad, Pakistan will likely exit the T20 World Cup 2022 in the first round itself. It is not only because of dropping Fakhar from the squad but there are also a few selections which have come under the radar.
Pakistan picks Shan Masood for the T20 World Cup 2022
Here is a selection that has shocked many of the cricket pundits and fans alike. Shan Masood is a 32-year old batsman who has played 25 Tests and 5 ODIs and is yet to make his T20I debut.
However, his recent PSL performance shows great promise. The left-handed batsman scored 478 runs from 12 innings at a strike rate of 138.15 in PSL 2022.
Pakistan’s major concern is T20Is has been their middle-order and Masood’s performance in the National T20 cup as a middle-order batsman must have been the reason for selectros’ belief in him.
Pakistan T20 World Cup squad – Mohammad Wasim returns from injury
Here is Pakistan’s 15-man squad for T20 World Cup 2022 –
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir
Traveling reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, and Shanawaz Dahani
Except for the return of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Wasim, the rest of the Pakistan T20 World Cup squad is similar to the one that played the Asia Cup T20.
Before kicking off their T20 World Cup campaign in Australia, Pakistan will play a 7-match T20I series at home against England and then travel to New Zealand for a tri-series involving NZ and Bangladesh.
Pakistan include T20 WC traveling reserves for the England series
Pakistan have named an 18-man squad for the upcoming home series against England.
This features the traveling reserves in addition to all-rounder Aamir Jamal and mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed who will be replacing the injured Fakhar Zaman and Shaheen Afridi.
This will be a great opportunity for the skipper to find his form before the big tournament. Babar Azam hasn’t been in great shape and was disappointing in the Asia Cup as an opening batsman.
His strike rate isn’t very impressive and given his cautious approach to batting, a lot will depend on his opening partner to get Pakistan off to a flying start.
As the Rawalpindi express opined in his vlog, Babar Azam looks to play classic shots and is not a great cut out for T20 cricket. We disagree with the former Pakistan pacer here.
Virat Kohli, the greatest limited-over batsman in the world, is not a slog hitter but is a master in finding gaps and scoring runs with cricketing shots. Babar Azam can score a lot of runs at a good strike rate if he is successful in finding gaps with his classic shots.
Pakistan vs England, 1st T20I Betting Tips
Date: 20th September 2022
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Place: National Stadium, Karachi
Mohammad Rizwan is an in-form batter in the Pakistan lineup and can be expected to score boundaries for his side.
- Bet on Mohmmad Rizwan to score over 0.5 sixes at 1.57 odds with 22Bet. That means Rizwan needs to hit at least 1 six for your bet to win.
- The betting site offers 1.73 odds for Pakistan and 2.10 for England in the match winner market.
- England is bringing a strong batting lineup with many big-hitting T20 specialists in their squad.
- Jos Buttler can hit the long ball on any ground in the world. Bet on the England skipper to hit 1 or more sixes in the match at 1.57 odds on 22Bet.