The Green Shirts have done ever so well even in the major tournaments in the last few years. However, they failed to hit the jackpot. They lost to Australia in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2021.
Now, they are gearing up for the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup. The marquee event will be held in Australia in October-November.
However, before that, they will be featuring in the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup. This particular tournament will be held in the United Arab Emirates.
They will kick-start their Asia cup campaign on August 28. They will lock horns with their arch-rivals Indian cricket team. Both teams will meet each other once again on October 23 in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has ruled out veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik’s comeback for the T20 World Cup. In fact, he made a comeback to the T20 squad before the upcoming event in Australia.
ICC T20 World Cup 2022: Pakistan skipper rules out Shoaib Malik’s comeback for the showpiece event
Babar Azam ruled out Malik’s comeback for the showpiece event by making it clear that he wants to give youngsters more chances to grow and express themselves.
The former skipper, Malik was left out the team for this month’s Asia Cup. Meanwhile, Babar Azam claimed that they were rather focusing on the World Cup, which will be held in Australia.
Babar Azam told the reporters just before of their tour of the Netherlands, “There are games right following the Netherlands, so it is doubtful there will be time for adjustments.”
“When senior players leave the team, those who take their place must concentrate. We will miss Mohammad Hafeez and Malik a lot, and players like Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, and Iftikhar Ahmed must fill their shoes.
“We would like to give them more than enough matches and faith, and these individuals have performed,” Pakistan skipper Babar Azam added in a statement.
Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik is still serving for the Pakistan national cricket team in the shortest format of the game. The right-handed batter has played 124 T20Is for Pakistan. He scored 2435 runs at an average of 31.2. Overall, he struck 9 fifties to his name.