Know why Pakistan is now seen as a strong contender, how all the claims are sitting right

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admitted that Babar Azam’s team is a strong contender to win this tournament after the defeat against Pakistan on Tuesday. Pakistan have played two matches so far and have won both. He is on top of the group. Pakistan’s team now looks almost certain in the semi-finals. However, this was not the case before the tournament started. After the stir in the Pakistan Cricket Board and the change in the support staff, the condition of the Pakistan team was bad. But things turned out very fast for Pakistan. Our colleague Times of India has examined the reasons why the 2009 champions are looking so strong. Although Pakistan’s team could not reach the semi-finals from the last two editions.

foreign grounds become domestic
In 2009, there was a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore city of Pakistan. After this, the arrival of foreign teams in Pakistan completely stopped. After a long time, international cricket started there. However, recently, the New Zealand team left their tour midway before the match started. After this England also canceled the tour of Pakistan. Ever since foreign teams refused to come to Pakistan, the UAE became its home ground. Although it was not a very good situation but the home tournament of the Indian team became the home tournament of Pakistan. There is a lot of support for the Pakistan team in UAE as well as in the last 5 years they have won 13 consecutive matches in this country.

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hard to emerge
Pakistan cricket team has a history that whenever it is in trouble, it recovers and performs better. There were many differences in the team in the year 1992 50 over World Cup. Along with this, a player like Waqar Younis was injured. In the 2009 T20 World Cup, the team went through the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. Simultaneously, chief selector Abdul Qadir had resigned on the issue of not including Shoaib Akhtar in the team.

This time also the coaches- Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis resigned from the World Cup. He was hopeful that Rameez Raja, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, would remove him. However, Rameez, who is highly respected in international cricket, added Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander to the side. And the team seems to be benefiting from it too.

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Babar’s favorite team
It is very important that a captain gets the team of his choice. And finally this happened with Babur. Three changes were made at the last minute in the 15-man squad. One of these Fakhar Zaman has played both the matches so far. Babar and Mohammad Rizwan have taken up the role of the opening pair since early 2021 and it is working very well so far. The average of this pair is 67.30. The bowling is also looking balanced and Shaheen Shah Afridi seems to be the leader of this bowling attack.

Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez Experience
Malik will probably be the only player other than Chris Gayle to make his international debut in the 1990s. Malik has kept himself fit. He understands the game very well. He is quite an under-rated finisher. He has been unbeaten 18 times while chasing runs successfully. This is a world record in T20. Against New Zealand too, he handled the team in trouble and scored an unbeaten 26 off 20 balls.

Apart from this, Mohammad Hafeez, whose bowling attack has been a target many times, is now bowling back. Hafeez’s bowling helps the Pakistan team a lot. Along with this, Hafeez’s experience and cleverness also come in handy.

stars of psl
Pakistan started off as a powerhouse in the T20 World Cup. He played the first three finals and won one. But since 2009 Pakistani players are not allowed to play in IPL and then their game started declining. In the years 2014 and 2016, the Pakistan team could not reach the semi-finals. The reason for this was also that the players were not getting to play high-quality T20 cricket.

But the effect of the Pakistan Super League, which started in 2015, is now visible. It has become an important tournament. Barring Indian players, many other big names of the world play in PSL. Pakistani players of this generation have learned to handle and handle pressure in tough T20 matches.


Pakistan (AFP)


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