Last Updated on October 8, 2021 by Umar Khan
Changes in the Pakistan T20 Squad are now necessary. Can we expect Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz instead of Azam Khan and Khushdil Shah? If this happens, it will be an excellent prospect for the future of Pakistan cricket and these two players.
Pakistan T20 Squad had already been announced last month. The squad was controversial, and thus social media activists played an essential role in enforcing the cricket board to take its decision back and think about the inclusion of some experienced players.
Meanwhile, the selectors had an excellent chance to check the selected players’ performance against the New Zealand team. But the tour was canceled by the New Zealand board without giving any reason. This was a setback for Pakistan cricket in the long run, but it also affected Pakistan’s preparations for the coming ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
That’s why the organizers held the National T20 Cup 2021 to prepare the team for the mega event. It was a good step taken by the PCB to check the performance of the selected, and if needed, changes could be made by the selection committee.
Some of the players already part of the Pakistan T20 World Cup 2021 squad could not produce the expected performances. Azam Khan, no doubt a hard-hitter batter who keeps wickets, could not pay for what he was selected.
Khushdil Shah is another player who is under immense pressure because Khushdil is also continuously disappointing the selectors. But his last innings, 51 of 36 balls, was something to showcase to the selectors.
Muhammad Hussnain is a bowler who has played only two matches in the National T20 Cup. The question is that if you have selected a bowler for the coming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 but do not favor giving him a chance in a local tournament, then this selection is wasted.
The selected squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 has more inexperienced players, and that is why fans want to see some experience in the mega event. And luckily, experience players are performing well in the National T20 World Cup.
Shoib Malik and Wahab are the two experienced pros who have vast experience of ICC mega-events. Shoib Malik played a well-balanced innings for his team, and he scored 85 runs for 47 balls. But the most important thing is that he played the situation. His batting style and experience will help Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2021.
Wahab Riaz is another player who does not only do but also plays with his heart. He always plays for his team. Whenever the captain turns to him, he tries to produce his 100%. And he is doing the same in the National T20 Cup as well. He takes wickets at crucial times of the game.
Can we expect both these experienced players instead of Azam Khan and Husnain? If the Pakistani team wants to create an impact in the ICC T20 World Cup, it has to include experience.