Pakistan cricket team will now face England in the T20 series after losing the Test series to England. All three matches in the three-match series will be played at Manchester’s Old Trafford ground. The first match of the T20 series against England will be played on August 28, the second on August 30 and the third on September 1.
Misbah-ul-Haq, the head coach and chief selector of the Pakistani cricket team, has already announced a 17-member squad for the T20 series, the majority of which are players who were not in the Test series.
Series results and world rankings.
Pakistan is currently ranked fourth in the world rankings of T20 Internationals. Pakistan is one of the leading teams in T20 Internationals.
According to statistics, Pakistan has the honor of winning the most T20 International matches. Pakistan has played 151 T20 Internationals so far, winning 92 of them.
In terms of success, Pakistan is clearly ahead of second-ranked India, which has won 83 of 134 Twenty20 Internationals.
England is currently ranked second in the world. He has won 58 of 117 matches.
In the T20 International matches played between Pakistan and England, the weight of England has been heavy. England have won 10 of the 15 T20 Internationals played between the two. Pakistan managed to win only 4 matches while one match was tied.
If England makes a clean sweep in the T20 series against Pakistan, they will remain at number two in the ICC rankings, but there will be only four points difference between them and world number one Australia. If you win two matches, the difference will be eight points.
Pakistan’s three-nil defeat will take it to fifth place in the world rankings.
If Pakistan wins this series by three wickets then it will come second and England’s position will be fourth but if Pakistan wins this series by two to one then its position will remain fourth but England’s ranking will be second. Will come third.
Recent performance of Pakistan and England.
The Pakistani cricket team won eleven consecutive T20 series from 2016 to 2019. Sarfraz Ahmed was the captain in all these series but then he lost in four of the last five.
In South Africa, under the captaincy of Shoaib Malik, the Pakistani team lost the three-match series 2-1. Under Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy, the only match against England and then the defeat in all three matches of the home series against Sri Lanka, Sarfraz Ahmed not only lost the captaincy but also dropped out of the team.
Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, who replaced Sarfraz Ahmed as captain, lost the series 2-0 in Australia, but won the home series 2-0 against Bangladesh.
England have won five consecutive series against Sri Lanka, West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa since losing the series 2-1 to India in 2018.
Why T20 is Pakistan’s favorite format?
Former captain of Pakistan cricket team Rameez Raja while talking to BBC Urdu says that T20 is Pakistan’s favorite format for more than one reason.
“One is that this format gives the player instant fame. Our T20 culture is set. Our club cricket is usually of base overs and it is easy to organize this format at every level.
“It takes a lot of hard work to organize and maintain the quality of four-day cricket,” he said. In addition, the mood of the fans has now become T20. Most importantly, the Pakistan Super League played a very important role in this regard. Now the players want to make money by playing T20 and people want to see this format.
Regarding the recent performance of the Pakistani team, Rameez Raja says that it is not easy to get good results against the top teams as mistakes are made against these big teams.
“It’s still a fast format, but it’s not easy to get consistency. The Pakistani team has a very good record in T20, it also became the world number one team, but when it faced resistance from good teams, it lost matches.
Rameez Raja thinks it is very important to play with good teams to test yourself.
He says that two or three new players like Khushdal Shah and Haider Ali have come in the Pakistani team, they should get a chance. Now a new team needs to be formed.
“If there was no talent in the country, it would make sense for you to keep feeding the old players, but if you don’t experiment with new players in the T20s, you will be left behind,” he said. Choose talent and give it a chance because if you don’t give it a chance in T20 then where will you give it? ‘
Rameez Raja says that it is possible to hold a series against good teams. It is a short series that can easily be held at home or in a rival team’s country.
Former Pakistan cricket captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif says that one of the main reasons for Pakistan’s success in the T20 International is that we have good spinners.
“We used Emad Wasim, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hafeez well. They are not easy bowlers. Apart from them, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were also part of the bowling attack. The batting kept changing but captain Sarfraz relied on spinners.
“Now that Babar Azam is the captain, we have to see how he takes advantage of his spinners’ abilities because the Pakistani team has always benefited from spinners,” he said.