Updated: September 29
Unpredictability is the word that is always associated with the Pakistan cricket team. They have been a side that has won matches single-handedly and, at the same time, also lost a few games from winning position. Currently ranked at the fourth position in ICC T20I ranking.
Pakistan, under the captaincy of Babar Azam, will be looking to repeat their performance of the 2009 world cup when they won the trophy. Let us look at the swot analysis of the Pakistan cricket team ahead of ICC T20 world cup 2021.
The batting order of Pakistan is their biggest strength. Babar Azam has been in sublime form in all formats for the last two years. His presence at the top holds the key for Pakistan. His role is the same as Virat Kohli for India, playing the role of an anchor batsman. Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan are also the pillars of the Pakistan batting line-up.
Adding the experienced Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez, these five players make the Pakistan batting line-up very strong. If they perform collectively, Pakistan can fancy their chances of winning the ICC T20 cricket world cup 2021.
The biggest weakness of Pakistan is that they easily get carried away by emotions on the field. As a result, they fail to deliver in crunch matches as a team. India- Pakistan matches are always like a festival. Pakistan players get mentally pressured, and as a result, they don’t perform to the expectation. This affects their performance in subsequent matches as well.
Another weakness of the Pakistan T20 team is that they lack quality spinners. Since the tournament is going to take place in the UAE, which assists spinners, so in this department, Pakistan needs to brainstorm.
Pakistan T20 team consists of a lot of young pace-bowlers. Players such as Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Usman, Asif Ali etc., have come to the limelight in the last two years. These bowlers are tall and can hit the deck hard, generating a lot of pace and bounce.
The pace bowling attack will provide a massive opportunity for Pakistan to dismantle the batting order of other teams.
If their young bowling attack manages to fire from all cylinders, Pakistan can fancy their chance of having an excellent outing in this year’s ICC T20 cricket world cup 2021.
India will be the biggest threat for Pakistan to conquer in this year’s ICC T20 cricket world cup. The most anticipated clash between these two teams will take place on 24th October. Since this will be the first group stage match of group b, it will be an arduous task for the men in green to defeat a balanced Indian team. New Zealand is also a hazardous T20 team.
Since both India and New Zealand are in the same group as Pakistan, it will take a commendable effort by Pakistan to defeat these two heavyweights if they are to reach the semifinals.
Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khwaja & Dhani are likely to be included in the T20 World Cup 2021. ( some reports )