Pakistan T20 team analysis | T20 Cricket World Cup

Pakistan squad for Twenty20 world cup 2010 contains only 7 players who were a part of 2009 tournament which Pak team won. Defending their champions tag will not be easy for green team as several of their players were punished for poor performance in Australia 4 months ago and hence quite a few newer players have been given opportunity in this West Indies world cup.

Pakistan captain for T20 world cup 2010 will be Shahid Afridi although he was found guilty of ball tempering recently and PCB thought long and hard before reappointing him.

Waqar Younis is the coach of Pakistan squad while Ijaz Ahmed, former right handed batsman and under-19 coach, is the new fielding coach of the side. Best rated T20 bowler Umar Gul was declared unfit after being named in the squad for shoulder injury while allrounder Yasir Arafat was ruled out due to calf injury. Mohammad Sami is replacement for Umar Gul while left arm spinner, Abdur Rehman, is named in place of Arafat even though he wasn’t in standby to the main squad. Rehman has played two tests, 11 ODI & 2 T20 matches for Pakistan.

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes his injury-hit and controversy-plagued side can bury their problems and successfully defend their World Twenty20 title. Afridi also hopes for a happier return to the West Indies after the trauma of the 2007 World Cup.

Pakistan, who are in Group A, face Bangladesh on May 1 and Australia the following day with both matches in St Lucia.

Waqar Younis is the coach & Ijaz Ahmed fielding consultant.

Pakistan squad for T20 world cup 2010:

Shahid Afridi: Right hand bat, leg spinner

Despite a healthy Test career, he gave up on the format in 2006, pre-empting men such as Andrew Flintoff, to maximise fully a limited-overs career. Twenty20 is something he could’ve been made for and he is probably the most lethal player of the format, having been player of the tournament for the inaugural edition of the World Twenty20 in 2007 and led Pakistan to the title two years later with matchwinning all-round hands in the semi and final.

Misbah-ul-Haq: Right handed middle order batsman

Even though Misbah had not represented Pakistan for about three years, a run-filled domestic season, followed by club cricket in England, and Inzamam’s retirement from ODIs prompted the board to award Misbah a central contract in July 2007. A month later, he was surprisingly picked, ahead of Mohammad Yousuf, for the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa. He repaid the selectors’ faith by finishing the tournament as Pakistan’s best player and nearly taking them to victory in the final. He was duly named in the team for the Test and ODI series that followed against South Africa.

Salman Butt: Left handed opening batsman

Because he is left-handed and possessed of some supple wrists, it is easy to compare Salman Butt with the delightful Saeed Anwar. His drives and cuts through the arc between extra cover and backward point are inevitably flicked, often scooped and it is a high-scoring region.

M Hafeez: Right handed batsman, offspinner

An opening batsman and a handy offspin bowler, Hafeez was one of the young players that the Pakistan selectors turned to after the team’s abysmal display in the 2003 World Cup. His performances in Sharjah and in the NatWest Challenge in England indicated that Hafeez could well be a long-term prospect – he showed good technique and temperament at the top of the order and bowled his offspinners tidily, but most impressive was his performance in the field.

Umar Akmal: Right handed middle order batsman

The runs didn’t cease to flow for Umar Akmal, the younger brother of Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran and Adnan, in his maiden first-class season. In a triumphant 2007-08 for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, Umar failed to score in his first outing but then went on to amass 855 runs from nine matches in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, at an average of 77.72 and an impressive strike-rate of 90.18.

Abdul Razzaq: Right handed bat, medium pacer

After a global amnesty and quitting the ICL, he was welcomed back to the Pakistan fold for the World Twenty20 in England and made an immediate impact as Pakistan won the tournament. His Test comeback also looked set to be complete after he was included in Pakistan’s 15-man squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in June. Early in his career he promised to be Pakistan’s most complete allrounder since Imran Khan, and though for a variety of reasons he hasn’t translated that into achievement, his country wouldn’t mind having just a very solid allrounder

Hammad Azam: Right handed batsman, medium pacer

A promising allrounder, who also has experience opening the batting, Hammad Azam made his first-class debut in 2008, and had played six games at that level before the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. His brother, Haseeb Azam, plays first-class cricket for Rawalpindi.

Fawad Alam: Left hand bat, left arm spin

His real breakthrough was the 2006-07 season where Fawad outshone the rest by miles. He guided Karachi Dolphins to the final of the Twenty20 Cup (losing to defending champions Sialkot Stallions) where he not only grabbed a five-wicket haul and scored a valiant 54, but also went home with the Man of the Final, Man of the Series, Best Batsman and Best Bowler awards.

M Sami: Right arm fast bowler

One of a new generation of Pakistan fast bowlers, Mohammad Sami initially forced his way into the Test team with outstanding performances in domestic cricket and had an immediate impact in his first Test with five wickets against New Zealand.

Khalid Latif: Right handed top order batsman

Appointed captain of Pakistan Under-19s for the series against Sri Lanka, the right-hand opener scored 77 in the first match. He followed that up with perhaps his greatest achievement to date – captaining Pakistan U-19s to a World Cup win in 2004. The following season saw Latif score his maiden first-class century and he finished with almost 400 runs.

Kamran Akmal: Right handed batsman, wicketkeeper

Kamran Akmal may well be the most emphatic proof of cricket’s changed priorities post Adam Gilchrist. Sides now search for an explosive batsman who can change a day, an innings, a phase with the bat and so long as you can identify right wicketkeeping glove from left, the place is yours.

Mohammad Asif: Right arm medium pace bowler

Few Pakistani fast bowlers have been as wily and smart as Mohammad Asif, though fewer have been as prone to scandal and controversy off the field. Neither claim can easily be made given the rich competition.

Abdur Rehman: Left arm orthodox spinner

Abdur Rehman made his debut for Pakistan during the homes series against West Indies at the ripe old age of 26. Not a huge turner of the cricket ball, his accuracy and consistency, as well as exploiting the rough marks, does it for him not only at the elite level but on the domestic circuit.

Saeed Ajmal: Right arm offspinnner

Saeed Ajmal, an offspinner, received a call-up to the Pakistan squad for the Asia Cup at the age of 30 after an impressive domestic season with Khan Research Labs in 2007-08, during which he took 38 wickets in 12 first-class matches at an average of 29 apiece, and 12 wickets in nine list A games.

Mohammad Aamer: Left-arm fast-medium

He began with an impressive showing on the domestic circuit, impressing one and all with his whippy pace and swing. He took 55 wickets for National Bank of Pakistan in his debut season, and earned selection to the Pakistan World Twenty20 squad.

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