Pakistan Team in T20 World Cup 2022

Pakistan cricket has always carried the ‘unpredictable’ label with them which makes them doubly exciting to watch in a format as dynamic as T20 cricket. In the initial years of T20Is, Pakistan had the perfect personnel for T20I in players like Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir and skilful bowlers like Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal. They enjoyed considerable success on the world stage too as they overcame their heartbreaking defeat of the 2007 World T20 Final against India with a win in the next edition in 2009. Even in the third edition in the Caribbean, they looked on course to do an encore but were denied by a special innings from Michael ‘Mr. Cricket Hussey in the semi-final.

The Asian powerhouse made two more semi-final appearances in the following editions but the silverware has still eluded them. Many considered them the favorites to win the 2021 World Cup, owing to the form of their star players like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi. But it was not to be and Matthew Wade’s attack on Afridi in the semi-final not only brought back memories of Hussey’s similar assault on Saeed Ajmal from the 2010 tournament but also gave Pakistan their first defeat of the tournament and sank their campaign. With pretty much the same team expected to turn out for the 2022 T20 World Cup, Pakistan would hope that they can go on to achieve this time what they seemed destined to in UAE. However, the challenge on the Australian pitches would be much different.

In the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup, Pakistan will feature in Group 2 where they will have to face-off against arch-nemesis India apart from Bangladesh and South Africa. There would be two more teams too from the qualifier stage to join these four teams in Group 2. The last time Pakistan faced Bangladesh in a T20I series, they whitewashed them and achieved a 3-1 win over South Africa when they met them last in a T20I series. Their last encounter with Team India came in the T20 World Cup 2021 where they romped to an easy 10 wicket win against them.

However, India couldn’t repeat those heroics again at the biggest stage and apart from managing a runners-up position in 2014, they have failed to come even close to the coveted T20 World Cup trophy. Under Virat Kohli, India’s performance in the 2021 T20 World Cup proved disappointing for the fans as they got knocked out of the tournament after suffering losses in their first two fixtures of the event.

In the 2022 edition, they will be led by Rohit Sharma who began his tenure as India’s T20I captain with series wins over Sri Lanka and West Indies. In Australia, however, the challenge for his team will be much bigger, and that would make fantasy gaming all the more fun for Indian fans who would be playing on MyCircle11 during the tournament.

India finds itself in Group 2 which also features their arch-rivals Pakistan along with another sub-continental team in the form of Bangladesh. South Africa, the team against whom India drew a recent home series 2-2 will also meet India in this group. Two more teams will join them from the qualifiers.

Pakistan Team T20 World Cup 2022 Schedule

Sun 23th Oct – 1:30 PM

MCG, Melbourne

Thu 27th Oct – 4:30 PM

Perth Stadium, Perth

Sun 30th Oct – 12:30 PM

Pakistan vs A2

Perth Stadium, Perth

Thu 3rd Nov – 1:30 PM

SCG, Sydney

Sun 6th Nov – 9:30 AM

Pakistan vs Bangladesh

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Team Pakistan Captain

There are few cricketers in the world right now who possess the same amount of threat in all the three formats as the Pakistani skipper. Babar Azam had proved his batting brilliance already in ODIs and Tests and gave flashes of it in his early tryst with T20Is too, but in 2021, he took it all to a different level. His 939 runs from 29 matches from the top of the order with Mohammad Rizwan helped Pakistan win all their bilateral T20I series barring one. He even struck a century and silenced critics who have found his batting a tad too conservative and thus unsuited to the format. In Australia, where the conditions would be vastly different from UAE, his team would rely heavily on Azam consistency with the bat apart from his leadership.

Expected Pakistan Squad for the T20 World Cup

Babar Azam

All-Rounder

Fakhar Zaman

All-Rounder

Mohammad Rizwan

Wicket Keeper

Asif Ali

Batsman

Haider Ali

Bowler

Khushdil Shah

All-Rounder

Shaheen Shah Afridi

Bowler

Haris Rauf

Bowler

Iftikhar Ahmed

Batsman

Mohammad Nawaz

All-Rounder

Usman Qadir

Bowler

Mohammad Wasim

All-Rounder

Hasan Ali

Bowler

Shadab Khan

All-Rounder

Shahnawaz Dahani

Bowler

Pakistan Team S.W.O.T Analysis

Strengths – Pakistan’s biggest strength lies at the top of their batting order. Both Rizwan and Azam have shown a penchant for scoring big runs even in T20Is. They are hard to dislodge once settled and if they lay down a good foundation, Pakistan have a number of power hitters in the middle order following them who can ensure Pakistan can put big totals on the board and chase them down too.

Weaknesses – Pakistani cricketers haven’t played too many T20Is in Australia. In all, Pakistan has played 4 T20Is in Australia and the last time they played in Australia in a bilateral series against the hosts, they lost 0-2. The conditions might prove to be fairly unfamiliar to most of the Pakistani cricketers although the likes of Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf have experience of playing in the Big Bash League.

Opportunities – Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali proved lethal on rather benign pitches of UAE. On the bouncy tracks of Australia, they can trouble the best on their day.

Threats – In the last World Cup, Pakistan enjoyed the experience of Shoaib Malik and Mohd. Hafeez in the middle order. In their absence, the middle order is susceptible to caving in under pressure if the top-order doesn’t get going.

Facts and Stats about the Pakistan Team

    • Wicketkeeper Batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored 1326 runs in 2021 which is the highest runs scored by a batsman in T20Is in a single year. For his record breaking year, he was named the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year.
    • Babar and Rizwan have stitched six 100+ partnerships opening the batting for Pakistan in T20Is, the most for any opening pair in this format. The duo’s unbeaten 152 run stand against India in the previous World Cup was the highest opening stand in the T20 World Cup’s history.
    • Pakistan’s win in the 2021 T20 World Cup against India meant that it brought an end to India’s 13 match winning streak over Pakistan in World Cups (50 over and 20 over included).
    • Babar Azam scored the most runs (303) in the 2021 T20 World Cup.

How to pick a team on My11Circle

When the T20 World Cup gets underway Down Under later this year, you will get the chance to make the most of your knowledge and understanding of the game as multiple matches mean you get to create multiple teams almost every day. So, how to make yourself a winning combination on My11Circle? Here’s how to do it.

Out of the 22 players who are involved in the match, you are supposed to pick 11 players to create your fantasy team. The 11 players should include batsmen, wicketkeeper, bowlers, and all-rounders.

After you have picked the 11 players, you would need to assign captaincy and vice captaincy to two of the players. It’s very important to take this decision with due consideration as the points that they will earn at the end of the match will get multiplied. But you must pick all those players with just 100 credits in your kitty. All the players are assigned a certain value based on their form and stature, which would often mean that picking 11 of the highest rated players wouldn’t be possible with the budget of 100 credits.

So, use your knowledge of the game – conditions, form of cricketers, their performance against different kinds of oppositions – to predict the 11 top performing players of the match and pick them in your side.

So, what are you waiting for? Begin your preparations for the grand event and download the My11Circle app now to go up against fantasy gamers from around the world during the T20 World Cup 2022!

Frequently Asked Questions About Pakistan Team

Have Pakistan won the T20 World Cup in the past?

Pakistan won the 2009 edition of the tournament by defeating Sri Lanka in the final at Lord’s.

Will there be an India-Pakistan match in this T20 World Cup too?

Yes. The two teams will meet on October 23rd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Who has more runs in T20Is - Babar Azam or Virat Kohli?

Virat Kohli with more than 3000 T20I runs is ahead of Babar Azam.

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