What Should be Pakistan’s Squad for 2022 T20 World Cup?

The preparations for the 2022 T20 World Cup are well underway as some top international teams have started to announce their squads for the mega-event over the past few days. The deadline for squad announcement is 16 September and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is also expected to announce its squad over the next few days.

The Men in Green recently succumbed to an embarrassing loss in the final of the 2022 Asia Cup at the hands of Sri Lanka which truly showcased the flaws in the line-up. It is expected that a few changes will be made to the squad ahead of the mega-event with some out-of-form players being replaced with top performers in the domestic circuit.

Furthermore, Pakistan’s express pacer, Shaheen Afridi, is also expected to make a comeback after suffering a knee injury over a month ago which will further boost an already tremendous fast bowling line-up.

Here’s what we think how Pakistan’s 15-man squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup should look like:

Babar Azam (c)

All-format captain, Babar Azam will be the opener of the side despite his recent failures in the shortest format of the game. Babar has been one of the most consistent performers in world cricket over the past few years and Pakistan will be banking on the star batter to come good in Australia.

Mohammad Rizwan (wk)

The world’s number one T20I batter, Mohammad Rizwan, has been in sensational form in 20-over cricket in the past year. He has received some criticism over his slow strike rate at the top of the order but he will be a shoo-in as the opener in the side.

 Shadab Khan (vc)

Pakistan’s white-ball vice-captain, Shadab Khan, is one of the most important players in the squad. His all-round ability makes him one of the first names on the team sheet. Shadab’s versatile batting style makes him a real asset in the batting unit as well.

Asif Ali

Pakistan’s explosive lower-order batter, Asif Ali, is one of the mainstays in the squad due to his match-winning ability. While Asif might not score heavily, his ability to score quick runs and hit sixes at will makes him an important cog in the side.

Mohammad Nawaz

Pakistan is blessed to have two all-rounders who can bat anywhere in the middle order. Mohammad Nawaz has been in outstanding form recently, both with bat and ball, and just like Shadab, he should be one of the first names on the list of players traveling to Australia.

Shaheen Afridi

Now, this is where it gets exciting, the fast bowling battery of the Men in Green. The leader of the pack, Shaheen Afridi, is expected to complete his injury rehab in time and get on the plane to Australia. The express pacer will be a handful on bouncy tracks down under.

Haris Rauf

Shaheen’s partner-in-crime, Haris Rauf has stepped up big time in the absence of Shaheen. Rauf was sensational in the recently concluded 2022 Asia Cup and will look to continue his fine form in the mega-event. Haris’ ability to bowl with the new ball and at the death makes him one of the best T20 pacers in world cricket.

Naseem Shah

Ace young pacer, Naseem Shah, made a dream T20I debut for Pakistan in the 2022 Asia Cup. Naseem’s speed along with his swing makes him a lethal weapon with the new ball and watching him bowl alongside Shaheen in the first spell will be a treat to watch for fans across the globe.

Shahnawaz Dahani

Shahnawaz Dahani was impressive in the Asia Cup before being ruled out of action due to an injury. Dahani should be the fourth pacer in the squad as he provides something different compared to the other three pacers above. Dahani generates pace off the pitch and his ball skids rather than coming onto the bat which makes him a real threat.

Mohammad Wasim Jnr.

There is a place for another pacer in the squad and it was a toss-up between Mohammad Wasim Jnr. and Mohammad Hasnain. Wasim Jnr.’s lower-order hitting ability is what gives him an edge over Hasnain, who is also not a very good fielder.

Usman Qadir

Usman Qadir would be our choice for the backup spinner in the squad. Qadir’s amazing variations make him a decent option as Shadab Khan’s replacement as compared to the other available spinners in the domestic set-up. Qadir does need to work on his line and length but nevertheless, he is the best available option at the moment. He has also played plenty of cricket in Australia which he can use to his advantage if given the chance.

This is where things heat up as middle-order woes have left the team in a dilemma. With four batting places to fill, Pakistan will need to be very clever in its approach while selecting them. Here are our four choices for the batting unit.

Haider Ali

Haider Ali would be our first pick for the middle-order due to his ability to play at a high strike rate. The talented young batter possesses a wide range of strokes and true bonce pitches in Australia would suit his strokeplay as well. Haider’s ability to up the tempo would provide a real impetus to Pakistan’s batting unit.

Shan Masood

Shan Masood is one of the most in-form batters in world cricket. The left-hander has been in sublime form in all three formats of the game and has been especially impressive in the shorter formats. He has re-invented his game and is now batting at the fourth spot in the ongoing National T20 Cup. Shan has the ability to play at any position and his natural strokeplay would come in handy on fast Australian pitches.

Khushdil Shah

Khushdil Shah disappointed in the recently concluded 2022 Asia Cup. He was not amongst the runs and looked short of confidence which resulted in poor displays throughout the tournament, barring one match against Hong Kong. We would still keep him in the team due to his ability to hit big and he could be a useful player if required to come in.

Azam Khan

Our last pick for this team would be the talented wicket-keeper batter, Azam Khan. Azam’s natural ability to hit big makes him a real asset in T20 cricket. While there are question marks regarding his fitness, his pros outweigh his cons.

Azam Khan is regarded as one of the finest hitters against spin in the world while his ability to smash the pacers is equally impressive. He would be our pick as a back-up to Rizwan and could even play alongside Rizwan, with the latter handing over the gloves to him.

Here is our 15-man squad:

Babar Azam (c) Mohammad Rizwan (wk) Shadab Khan (vc) Asif Ali Mohammad Nawaz
Shaheen Afridi Haris Rauf Naseem Shah Shahnawaz Dahani Mohammad Wasim Jnr.
Usman Qadir Haider Ali Shan Masood Khushdil Shah Azam Khan

Honorable Mentions

Mohammad Hasnain, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, and Shoaib Malik were all considered for different positions, however, the team combination doesn’t allow to include them. They will surely be on the selectors’ radar and it would be interesting to see how the final squad stacks up.

What changes would you make to this squad? Write your suggestions in the comments!

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  • Shoaib Malik should must be in the squad of t20.bcz he is most seniour and dangerous batsman in the world against every team.

  • I would like to replace like with like ….or unlike (?)
    Asif Ali with Sharjeel Khan
    Khusdil Shah with Shoaib Malik
    Usman qadir with Mohd. Husnain

  • Baber Azam
    Rizwan (wk)
    Shaan Masood
    Ali Imran
    Shoaib Malik
    Salman Agha
    Azam Khan/Haris (wk)
    Usman Qader

  • Pakistan XI Wolrd Cup T20
    Babar Azam
    Muhammad Rizwan
    Haider Ali
    Sherjeel Khan
    Asif Ali/Fakhar Zaman
    Shoaib Malik
    Shadab Khan
    Muhammad Nawaz
    Haris Rauf
    Naseem Shah
    Shaheen Shah Afridi

  • Pakistan should learn from the other countries strategy of shuffling players in series give them confidence..we still having politics liking and disliking

  • My Squad for T20 World Cup 2022 Australia.
    (1) Babar Azam (c)
    (2) Shadab Khan (vc)
    (3) Muhammad Rizwan (wk)
    (4) Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk)
    (5) Fakhar Zaman
    (6) Shan Masood
    (7) Shoaib Maqsood
    (8) Shoaib Malik
    (9) Muhammad Nawaz
    (10) Faheem Ashraf
    (11) Muhammad Wasim Jr
    (12) Muhammad Hasnain
    (13) Shaheen Afridi
    (14) Haris Rauf
    (15) Naseem Shah
    (16) Usman Qadir

  • M Rizwan
    Babar Azam
    Haider Ali
    Shan masood
    Shahdab khan
    M Nawaz
    Faheem ashraf
    Naseem shah
    Shaheen shah
    Haris Rauf
    M Hasnain
    because Australia has fast pitches and Currently Hasnain and Rauf are fastest bowler in the world and also we have to choose one fast bowling allrounder over the spinAllrounder like Faheem ashraf or Husain talat..


  • 15 man Squad:

    Babar Azam
    Mohammed Rizwan(wk)
    Azam Khan(wk)
    Haider Ali
    Shoaib Malik
    Iftikhar Ahmed
    Asif Ali
    Mohammed Nawaz
    Shadab Khan
    Usman Qadir
    Mohammed Wasim Jr.
    Shaheen Afridi
    Haris Rauf
    Naseem Shah
    Shahnawaz Dahani

  • 15 man squad for t20 world cup:

    1. Babar Azam
    2. Mohammed Rizwan
    3. Haider Ali
    4. Fakar Zaman
    5. Shoaib Malik
    6. Iftikhar Ahmed
    7. Asif Ali
    8. Mohammed Nawaz
    9. Shadab Khan
    10. Imad Wasim
    11. Mohammed Wasim Jr.
    12. Saheen Afridi
    13. Haris Rauf
    14. Naseem Shah
    15. Shahnawaz Dahani

    • Babar Azam
      Shoib Malik
      Shan Masood/Fakar Zaman
      Haider Ali/Asif Ali
      Saheen Afridi
      Haris Rauf
      Naseem shah
      Wasim jr.
      Dahani/Mir Hamja
      Azam Khan(wk)
      Salman Agha

  • BS
    Please look at the stats before posting crap like this. Asif Ali has failed at every cruicial stage of the game. Usman Qadir can’t find the right length to save his life. Azam Khan needs to lose a lot of weight, and improve his feilding reflexes.

  • Selection of other players is better but our team have to focus on sequence of players. Means who should be the opener or one downer
    Concerning on our PSL matches, we saw Fakhar Zaman as an opener of Lahore Qalanders and he performed brilliant in his opening also with a first century
    And Shan Masood was also very good in PSL
    So I think I’m future t20 or other cricket series Fakhar Zaman and Rizwan should be the opener and Babar after one down
    According to my pridition our team should be like this:
    •Opener—-> Fakhar & Rizwan
    •One – two down—-> Babar & Shan Masood
    •Middle order—–> Haider Ali….Khushdil/iftikhar
    •all rounder—-> Shadab & Nawaz
    •Baller—–> Shaaheen …. Nasheem….. Rauf
    From Above three fast bowlers one should be replaced by Wasim junior if needed because he is great fielder as well.

  • Fakhar Zaman should be include in the 15 squad. Because he is a big match player. Don’t ignore fakhar Zaman.

  • Sharjeel khan
    Muhamnad Rizwan
    Babar azam
    Shan masood
    Shoaib Malik
    Haidar ali
    Shadab khan
    Muhamnad Nawaz
    Naseem shah
    Shaheen shah
    Haris rauf
    Sarfaraz ahmed
    Imad waseem
    Muhammad wasim jr
    Tayab tahir

  • Fakhar
    Shoaib Malik


  • Khushdil Shah should be ruled out from t20 wc. Why is he there in team. He has zero performance. Nawaz asif Malik should be middle order. Fakher for moins son (moto mian). Khushdil (مغرور) and chacha iftikhar should be out of team.

  • I dont understand why people are so glued to Shoaib Malik . For last decade he has not any performances and cannot play fast bowling….. Completely useless in Australia
    I would like to see Shan Masood along withShadab Khan , M Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf inmiddle order ,

  • Babar
    Haider Ali
    Shan Masood
    Asif Ali
    Azam khan
    Shoaib malik
    Wasim Jnr

    Can’t be better than this

  • Babar Azam
    shaheen shah Afridi
    imad Waseem
    shadab Khan
    M Rizwan
    Haris Rouf
    M Nawaz
    Shoaib Malik
    Fakher Zaman
    M Asif
    M Dhani

  • Pakistan xi line up
    1 Muhammad Rizwan (opener)
    2 Shan Masood (opener)
    3 Baber Azam
    4 Haider Ali
    5 Iftakhar Ahmed
    6 Asif Ali
    7 Muhammad Nawaz
    8 Shadab khan
    9 Shaheen Shah Afridi
    10 Haris Rufe
    11 Muhammad Waseem jouner

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