COVID-19 has impacted all sectors of Daily Life; its emergence highly deteriorated Sports Activities. ICC intended to hold the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 in India, but the expansion of CoVID Pandemic strongly affected India, which resulted in one year delay and then rescheduling the tournament in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 14. Sixteen (16) teams are contesting for the ICC T20 World Cup. Pakistan is one of the strongest teams in the World T20 Cup. Recently, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the Pakistan Squad for the T20 World cup. The Squad will remain the same for Pakistan vs. New Zealand T20 Series and Pakistan vs. England T20 series scheduled in Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Pakistan’s T20 Squad for ICC T20 world Cup 2021
After consultation with concerned people, captain, authorities, Chief Selector of Pakistan Cricket Board, Muhammad Waseem has announced the 15-Men Squad for the upcoming T20 World cup scheduled in the United Arab Emirates.
King of Cover Drive, Babar Azam, will lead “Team Green.” Right Arm Leg-Break Spinner and Right Handed Batsman Shadab Khan will be the Vice-Captain of Team Pakistan. Senior Batsman and former Captain Shoib Malik and Wicket Keeper Batsman Sarfraz Ahmed couldn’t take their place in the 15-Players Squad. Despite several great knocks, Hard-Hitting Opener, Fakhar Zaman is not placed in the Squad list but a travel reserve. Experienced Fast Bowler, Wahab Riaz, and All-Rounder Faheem Ashraf are also superseded this time.
Azam Khan, Asif Ali, and Khushdil Shah are surprisingly included in the Pakistan T20 world Cup Squad, being criticized on social media. All three have not played any remarkable innings for Pakistan in the Past.
Other Inclusions include PSL’s top Batter, Sohaib Maqsood, Senior Batsman Muhammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Muhammad Waseem Jr., and Young Fast Bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Public Response and Reviews
Pakistani T10 Squad has received mixed reviews from the General Public. The inclusion of Out-of-Form Players like Asif, Azam, and Khusdil is being criticized over Social Media. On the other hand, Fans are disputing and opposing the exclusion of Senior-Most Pakistani Players, i.e., Sarfraz, Wahab, and Shoaib Malik.
Pakistan’s Squad for T20 World Cup 2021
Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan (Vice Captain), Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf , Hasan Ali,, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Muhammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imad Wasim & Sohaib Maqsood.
Travel Reserves for World Cup
Shahnawaz Dhani, Usman Qadir and Fakhar Zaman.