T20 World Cup 2021 is scheduled to be played in UAE and Oman from October 18 to November 14. The mega event officially scheduled to be held in the year 2020 in India got delayed by one year and shifted to UAE due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
only one and a half months left for the mega event, and every team participating has pulled up their socks. Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has picked up Pakistan’s squad for the tournament. Akmal chooses 24 players and later cuts the number down to 15. He picked Mohammad Rizwan and Sharjeel Khan as the opener, Babar Azam to bat at number 3, Haffez and Malik to bat in the middle order.
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Speaking on his YouTube channel Akmal praised the current form of Mohmmad Rizwan. He said, “Rizwan has been performing well as an opener. He is taking advantage of his good form. Rizwan can play the role of aggressor in the powerplay and also has the ability to rotate the strike in middle overs.”
“Sharjeel Khan is a fearless batsman and can play aggressive cricket and utilize the fielding restrictions,” He added.
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Former Wicket-keeper batsman was worried about Pakistan’s poor middle order. For number 5 and 6 spots, Akmal had selected Shoaib Malik and Fakhar Zaman, and Azam Khan and Haider Ali, but he went on to pick experienced Malik and young Azam Khan.
“Pakistan’s middle order is in the poor form and Shoaib Malik needs to be in there. Azam should be given a longer run. Others have been given many chances and he should get those too.”
Kamran Akmal acclaimed Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf for their all-round ability and mentioned that they should be in the squad keeping in mind conditions in UAE. Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, and Mohammad Waim Jnr are the pacers, Akmal had opted for.
“Bowlers like Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Haris Rauf can provide early breakthroughs,” Akmal added.
Kamran Akmal’s Pakistan squad for T20 World Cup: Mohammad Rizwan (Wk), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Imad Wasim.