Pakistan has named their Twenty20 squad for the Australian series and the World Championship that follows that. I for one was not best pleased with its look. Iqbal qasim left a couple of flaws to my liking, though now that the dust has settled it’s high time to back the players selected and will Pakistan on. Pakistan reached the final of the inaugural World Championship, in 2007, but were beaten by arch-rivals India. The Younis Khan led side in 2009 went one better as they secured Pakistan a major world tournament. The third and most recent one was held in the West Indies in 2010. Michael Hussey inspired Australia to knock Pakistan out in the semi-final stage. Australia were then completely outplayed by England in the final. Here is a low-down on the Pakistani 15 man squad and their chances of success this time around in Sri Lanka.
The skipper off the new look Pakistani team and someone Pakistan will have to look at for both experience and performance. Hafeez has been one of the best all-rounders in world cricket. He has grown in stature within the team and his batting will be the key for Pakistan. When you add his consistent off-spin and his excellent fielding to the mix he would have to perform to his full capabilities for his nation to have any chance.
Jamshed is an aggressive opener who should not have been dropped when he initially was. Compact and also elegant, Jamshed is a typical left handed batsman. When he made his comeback in the Asia Cup many eyebrows were raised, though he answered his critics with a fruitful tournament. A finger injury ruled him out of the recent series against Sri Lanka but his comeback now will be vital to his career and his team’s prospects.