The ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is just around the corner! Where are the cricket enthusiasts at? Oh, of course, on Twitter being livid about Fakhar Zaman’s dispiriting performance in the recently held Asia Cup in September.
Or, perhaps, celebrating today’s Pakistan’s win against New Zealand in the ongoing New Zealand T20I Tri-Series 2022. The cricket fanatics seem to be praising the decision of Pakistani team to change the batting order by bringing Shadab up.
After finishing the quickfire tri-nation series with Bangladesh and New Zealand, the Pakistani team will be travelling to Australia for the T20 World Cup 2022.
However, the recent series Pakistan played against England in Lahore, Pakistan, made fans skeptical for Pakistan’s potential performance in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. They are concerned that the team’s performance might not be up to the mark in the marquee tournament.
They are rightfully concerned because the series had wrapped up with a disappointing finale to an exciting series for Pakistan, with the hosts falling meekly in the seventh and final match to hand England a narrow 4-3 series triumph.
Fans’ Primary Concerns
The loyal green-shirt fans have pointed out some of the weak points in Pakistani team. They continue to express concerns over the Pakistani batting, particularly the middle order, which, they believe, will continue to pose problems in the upcoming World Cup, which will take place on bouncy, Australian pitches.
The team’s over-dependence on the opening partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan is a recognisable pattern in the team – they need to resolve it! A former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar warned that if Pakistan do not address their batting limitations, the side will be eliminated in the first round.
“Pakistan middle order is not good. If they [openers] don’t perform, the middle order crumbles. This is not the way to go if you want to win the World Cup. I fear that Pakistan might crash out in the first round of the T20 World Cup. That’s why I had criticized Saqlain Mushtaq and others to get your middle order and batting order sorted,” Akhtar urged.
Pakistan Cricket is in a dire situation; having lost the semifinal of the 2021 World Cup in UAE, conceding a home Test series against Australia, losing the Asia Cup final and now, losing a home T20I against England.
Fans also reminisce that we lost the previous world cup due to a catch-drop, so they expect the team to show up with an improved fielding this time. Now, all eyes will turn to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23 when Pakistan and India lock horns in the most eagerly awaited clash at the T20 World Cup 2022!