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Pakistan look to Restore Pride

Shahid Afridi, Amir, Sami, Pakistan, WorldT20
After all the fuss over the security arrangements, it’s now down to business for Shahid Afridi and his men who have to respond following a dismal Asia Cup campaign in Bangladesh.

With Mohammad Hafeez back amongst the runs and leading Pakistan to victory in the final warm-up game versus Sri Lanka, the Green Brigade will be hopeful. With a side unit boasting the likes of back in the reckoning and in-form Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan, Pakistan have one of the most feared bowling attacks this World T20. But it’s the batting that puts Pakistan on the back foot. The lack of dependable and consistent run-getters has been their undoing, as recent as the Asia Cup where they capitulated miserable to India and hosts Bangladesh. With both teams in the same group this time around – this is Afridi’s chance to restore some pride.


Sharjeel Khan and former skipper Mohammad Hafeez at the top of the order add some sense of solidity to the Pakistan batting, with the duo possessing the ability to mix caution with aggression. Sarfaraz Ahmed & Umar Akmal in the middle-order can take the attack to the opposition, scoring runs at a good strike rate, with the likes of Shoaib Malik and Iftikar Ahmed to follow lower down. It is the middle-order that has been most inconsistent for the Men in Green, and Afridi will be hoping his batsmen give his bowlers some chance to work their magic. Afridi coming in at number 8 can be deadly on his day, but lately the skipper has been throwing his wicket away far too cheaply, giving the opposition bowlers the edge.


Since he’s come back into the cricket fold following his lengthy ban and prison term for spot fixing, Mohammad Amir looks like a man determined to make things right. The left-armer seems to be carrying on from where he left off posing problems to the likes of Rohit Sharma and Co. during the Asia Cup. While Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz and veteran Mohammad Sami all add variety to the pace attack, it is Afridi and Malik who can prove gamechangers with the ball.

With the much awaited Indo-Pak clash slated for the 19th, the battle lines are drawn. It doesn’t get any bigger than this, as Afridi’s men look to prove their doubters wrong and lift a 2nd World T20 title.

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