Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will announce the national T20 squad for the upcoming three match series against Bangladesh within the next few days. So, here is a look at why Pakistan must bring in Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Abid Ali And Haris Rauf for the rubber.
Sarfaraz Ahmed Ahead Of Haris Sohail
Haris Sohail has been in awful form of late. Besides his current form; he is not really a T20 player and therefore, it is high time that Pakistan discard him at least for the T20 format.
Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed on the other hand has shown an improved level of form and fitness ever since he was sacked a few months back. Thus, the time is right to bring him back to bat at number four and to keep behind the wickets.
While, Mohd. Rizwan has done well at the Test and ODI levels, he is still not as good as Sarfaraz in the shortest version of the game. Moreover, Sarfaraz with years of captaincy experience behind him can also be an asset for skipper Babar Azam in the field.
Shaheen Shah Afridi Ahead Of Mohd. Irfan
Mohd. Irfan wasn’t really able to meet the expectations during the previous T20 series in Australia. Therefore, it only makes sense to bring in Shaheen Shah Afridi ahead of him. Shaheen has had a phenomenal 2019 across formats and so there is no reason why he shouldn’t be part of Pakistan’s T20 squad.
Naseem Shah Ahead Of Musa Khan
Both Musa Khan and Naseem Shah have the potential to lead Pakistan’s bowling attack in the coming years. Naseem at the moment nevertheless, seems much better of the two in every possible manner. So, to select Naseem ahead of Musa looks like a pretty straight forward decision and one we hope Misbah-ul-Haq will take.
Abid Ali Ahead Of Imam-ul-Haq
Despite possessing a decent ODI record Imam-ul-Haq has never quite delivered in the other two formats. T20 doesn’t look like his game anyway and so, Pakistan must bring in the inform Abid Ali.
Abid might not be the kind of six-hitter that you want in a T20 playing eleven; still batting up the order he is quite capable of rotating the strike and finding regular boundaries. Given the dearth of big hitters in Pakistan cricket, Abid Ali most definitely deserves an opportunity during the upcoming series against the tigers.
Haris Rauf Ahead Of Wahab Riaz
Haris Rauf has performed exceptionally well in the Big Bash league and hence, he is worth trying ahead of Wahab Riaz who has failed to deliver the goods for Pakistan during his last five or six outings in the format.
So, what do you say? Should Pakistan bring in Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Abid Ali and Haris Rauf for the T20 series against Bangladesh?