Babar Azam will get his first style of captaincy on Thursday when he leads Pakistan in a warm-up T20 fixture towards a Cricket Australia XI in Sydney.
The 25-year-outdated has changed Sarfraz Ahmed within the position after Pakistans disastrous 3-zero sequence give up to a second-string Sri Lankan aspect on dwelling soil. Regardless of inheriting a aspect who’ve been ranked No1 within the format for the better a part of two years, the challenges in entrance of Babar are aplenty.
The sequence loss towards Sri Lanka was the third in a row for the Males in Inexperienced who suffered defeats to England and South Africa beforehand. With no T20I sequence win to indicate for within the entirety of 2019, Babar and his males must make a giant assertion Down Below with slightly below a 12 months to go till the World Cup in the identical nation.
Right here, we take a look at the problems Babar and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq will wish to resolve within the three-match sequence towards Australia starting on November 3.
Fakhar Zamans horrendous T20 kind
The Fakhar Zaman who turned the primary-ever ODI double-centurion for Pakistan in July final 12 months looks as if a very totally different participant to the left-hander struggling massively within the shortest format for a while now.
His six T20I innings in 2019 have fetched a paltry 48 runs at a mean of simply eight. The left-handed opener has by no means actually introduced his greatest within the 20-over format however he did present some promise in 2018 with 4 half-centuries to his title.
The Sri Lanka sequence defeat was a painful reminder of his waning powers with the bat and Pakistan want him to return good within the upcoming sequence. If not, it needs to be time to indicate Fakhar the door, in T20Is no less than, with the gifted Abid Ali ready within the wings.
Deal with younger Muhammad Musa with care
With as many as 4 teenaged pacers named within the Pakistan touring squad (each Check and T20s), Pakistan have chosen to go in a really daring route. Muhammad Musa is the brand new title within the T20I outfit with the Islamabad United bowler saying himself on the massive stage by exhibiting some severe tempo in PSL 2019.
Whereas Misbah has publicly said that the children don’t have anything to lose in Australia, Pakistan must be cautious of dashing them into worldwide cricket. Whereas Musa is little doubt an actual prospect for the long run, Pakistan first must nurture fellow 19-year-outdated Mohammad Hasnain who was handed his worldwide debut at the beginning of the 12 months.
Hasnains ODI appearances have been restricted regardless of making the minimize for the 2019 World Cup squad in England. He has performed simply three T20Is up to now with two of them coming within the current sequence towards Sri Lanka. Like Musa, Hasnains tempo is electrical however the teen must be given extra probabilities after biding most of his time in worldwide cricket on the bench.
Musas likelihood can wait, it’s Hasnain who wants the group managements vote of confidence extra urgently.
Be decisive on Irfan and Qadir inclusions
Whereas Misbah has been lauded for giving name-ups to a number of kids, a few of his choices for the tour have nonetheless left the followers scratching their heads. One is the choice to recall 37-year-outdated Mohammad Irfan after a 3-12 months absence, whereas the opposite is the shock maiden Pakistan call-up for leg-spinner Usman Qadir.
Whereas Irfan isnt getting any youthful and will probably be 38 by the point the 2020 World Cup rolls round, Usman had even declared his intentions to qualify for Australia after failing to make his mark in Pakistans home circuit. The son of Pakistan leg-spin legend Abdul Qadir, Usman had shifted base to Australia final 12 months and hasnt actually set the world alight together with his performances for Perth Scorchers within the BBL.
The leggie was even minimize from Western Australias first-class squad on the finish of final season together with his Pakistan choice popping out of the blue. Misbah has cited a paucity of wrist-spinners in Pakistans home pool as the rationale behind Usmans call-up, however that very same considering didnt do the pinnacle coach any favours when he controversially recalled Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad for the Sri Lanka sequence.
Ought to Irfan and Usman fail to shine in Australia, Pakistan can be sensible to chop their losses early and deal with different choices within the subsequent few months.