Pakistan head into another World Cup


Islamabad: 1 June 2024: Once again, a new tournament commences, igniting a glimmer of hope within the hearts of Pakistanis. Can they achieve glory, those remarkable players donning the green? Led by the returning monarch, Babar Azam, this team, famed for its unpredictable flair, harbors talents of sheer brilliance.

The stage is set in the modern and concise format of T20 cricket, hosted in the United States, a burgeoning hub with a storied cricketing history dating back to the early 1700s. However, the prospects of Pakistan clinching a second T20 trophy seem remote. Multiple factors contribute to this prognosis, revolving around a core dysfunction within both the national team and the broader cricketing establishment of Pakistan.

On the surface, Pakistan appears to be strong contenders. They thrive in tournament scenarios, and T20 cricket arguably represents their forte. Their thrilling victory in 2009 under Younis Khan's leadership, fueled by the sporadic brilliance of Shahid Afridi, is still etched in memory. Despite being runners-up twice, narrowly losing to India in the inaugural 2007 tournament and facing setbacks like Shaheen Shah Afridi's injury in 2022 against England, the potential remains palpable.

Furthermore, Pakistan boasts two stalwarts in the annals of T20 cricket. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan consistently rank among the world's best batsmen. With Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah spearheading a formidable pace attack, Pakistan possesses a lethal arsenal. The emergence of new talents like Abrar Ahmed, Saim Ayub, and Azam Khan complements the experience brought by the likes of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir.

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