Pakistan cricket needs quickly assess the current scenario in the shorter format especially considering the fact the T20 World Cup is lurking around the corner. The men in green were convincingly whitewashed by the English side in a three match T20 series after having outclassed them in the 50 over format as well.
Keeping the T20 World Cup in mind Pakistan do not have many international matches coming up and if the proposed Indian series does not happen then we are left with just three T20 matches versus New Zealand in New Zealand and the Asia cup in Bangladesh which will also take place in the T20 format. The team will benefit from playing in the Pakistan Super League as well as most of the young bunch in domestic and international cricket will share a dressing room with many world class cricketers which will enhance their abilities and learn the art of handling pressure situations.
The combination of the Pakistan T20 side needs to be improved significantly because we are clearly lacking in that area because we are a bowler short and part time bowlers have to make up for those 4 overs. It is imperative that our team has five proper bowlers because a bowler short means that you are playing yourself into a risky situation and that part time overs can cost a team dearly.
Pakistan clearly lack in the batting department because we do not have many batsmen who can maintain high strike rates for long duration of times so they need to learn how to manipulate the field and score at more than a run a ball. They should make sure that they watch how successful T20 batsmen pace their innings in a T20 match and take a leaf out of their book. Pakistan batsmen also play a lot of dot balls which is criminal in a T20 game because this can significantly stall the innings.
Fielding is something that requires considerate improvement no matter which format the team is playing. The recent series versus England was another example of below par effort in the fielding department. The team needs to put in the hard yards because the margin for error in this format is very small and a drop catch could take away the match entirely.
Shahid Afridi, captain of the T20 side, needs to take strict decisions regarding the side and form a side which has the ability to become world beaters as he has the required experience to bring together a buzzing and well oiled unit. Afridi has to put in more consistent performances rather than innings here and there because a captain plays a vital role in a team’s success.
Pakistan have won the T20 World Cup once in 2009 so they know what it takes to bring the best out of them at the highest of level. Also the conditions in India are familiar to the Pakistan players so acclimatizing with the conditions should not be a problem.
Our team now lacks players with the X-factor who can get you through tough situations so it’s crucial that we quickly go through and overcome these deficiencies before the all important mega event.