The Pakistan Cup is currently progress in Faisalabad where top notch Pakistan cricketers are participating along with the raw domestic talent in order to horn their skills and keep them in good shape for the future international matches. Pakistan have a long gap before they play an international series so this tournament is a good forum for our future stars to showcase their skills and impress the selectors.
As far as the points table is concerned the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa side is currently on the top of the pile with two wins from three matches but the Sindh side is not far behind and have won both their encounters so far. The Punjab side has had a disastrous start to the tournament as they have lost their first two matches are are lying at the bottom of the table.
Sami Aslam and Khurram Manzoor are doing the bulk of the scoring for the Sindh side and their consistent opening partnership at the top have made Sindh post high totals and ensure that there bowlers have a lot to defend in the second innings.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Zohaib Khan has been another shinning light up til now and he has scored runs in the middle order as well as picked up wickets at crucial stages of the match. Yesterday as well he bagged the man of the match award for his fifty and 4 wickets with the ball.
Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Amir has also made his mark on Pakistan Cup with a five wicket haul in the second match. He is also knocking the door for a test comeback and if he could string couple of good performance he might well be on his way to England later this year.
Misbah-ul-Haq has also made an impact in the tournament with couple of swift paced half centuries and has been striking around 95 in the tournament. Under his captaincy the Islamabad United won the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League but as of now his team stands at number four on the points table and they need to win their today’s match against Punjab in order to stay in contention for the final. Although it might be a long shot but the Pakistan Cricket Board may consider asking Misbah-ul-Haq to take back his retirement from ODIs especially after seeing Pakistan’s decline in the 50 over format.
As the tournament draws towards a close it is important that the young players make the most of this opportunity and perform to the best of their ability so that they are also in the reckoning to make it into the Pakistan national side.