After defeat by Sri Lanka in Asia Cup final due to “dismal performance”, Pakistan cricket team likely to see big changes in the line up for coming events, including World Cup in Australia.
The team’s middle-order batting collapsed after the players faced injuries throughout the tournament and the pacers also suffered from cramps in some of the matches.
There must be some surprises in the squad from the top-order batting to bowling for the upcoming home T20I series against England.
It is reported that wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan might be rested during England series. There will be a tough competition between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Haris to replace him.
Sarfaraz made an impressive comeback in the ongoing National T20 Cup while representing Sindh. The right-handed batter has so far scored the fifth-highest 193 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 141.91.
Haris of KP has scored 100 runs in six National T20 Cup matches. The young wicket-keeper will be a strong contender to replace Rizwan.
If Rizwan is given rest, Fakhar Zaman can get a chance to play in his natural position (opening). In the number three position, Fakhar could only score 96 runs in six matches.
Out-of-form Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah will be dropped from the squad.
Also, the team management will think about replacing Asif Ali.
Shan Masood is a strong contender to be included in the squad at the number four position
Shan of Balochistan, while playing in the number four position, scored 96 runs in six matches in the ongoing National T20 Cup.
Meanwhile, England will arrive in Karachi between September 14. They will start training on September 16 ahead of their much-awaited tour to Pakistan after 17 years.
England and Pakistan will play four T20Is in Karachi on September 20, 22, 23, and 25 whereas the remaining three in Lahore on September 28, 30 and October 2.