Seven match #PakvsEngland2022 T20 series ended on Sunday. The visiting English side was without some of their premier players still, they were able to win it 4-3. Hence, following the conclusion of the rubber, here is a look at four weak areas that need to be sorted out prior to the start of the #T20WorldCup2022.
Pakistani batters kept falling to the short delivery. The weakness was also exploited by India during the Asia Cup. Therefore, in Australia where tracks generally provide good bounce to pacers; Pakistani batters must find a way to tackle the short ball. Otherwise, the results are expected to be pretty dismal.
#PakvsEngland2022 T20 Series Once Again Exposed Pakistan’s Middle-order
Pakistan tried Haider Ali, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah in the middle-order. Shan did score a couple of half centuries to keep his place but they came when Pakistan had almost lost both games and hence, there is plenty of room for improvement. None of the other batters on the other hand, was able to impress. So, the men in green will once again heavily depend on their opening batters Babar Azam and Mohd. Rizwan to do the damage during the ICC event. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if the middle-order once more surrenders in case the openers fail!
From last year’s T20 world cup where Hasan Ali dropped Mattew Wade to this year’s home series against England, Pakistan has made it a habit of dropping catches during important junctures of a game. There is every likelihood that Pakistan won’t go too far in this year’s world cup if they don’t let go of the bad habit!
So, in death overs Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf will have to deliver for the green shirts during the world cup because Naseem Shah, Wasim Jr. and Mohd. Hasnain might not be able to pin down the batters on a consistent basis. The series against England clearly showed that young Pakistani pacers need more time to settle down at the international level particularly, during the completion phase of an inning.