Pakistan has picked up a quite well balanced and experienced squad for the upcoming T20 International Tri-series in Zimbabwe, featuring Australia as well and Aamer Sohail is confident that the Men in Green will certainly have a successful outing with the national selectors’ “tested formula” in the tri-series.
Former Pakistan opener also believes that Pakistan selectors have played safe and stuck to the tested formula that instills confidence in him that the touring side will succeed in Zimbabwe even playing with Australia. He also picked Pakistan as the favorite for the Tri-series against Australia and the hosts.
Sohail said to the media “I believe that the selectors have played safe and stuck to a tried and tested formula when selecting the teams for the upcoming series. Apart from return of Mohammad Hafeez for the T20I side which in my eyes is probably due to the experience factor as well as him being a robust bowling option after he was allowed to bowl again by the ICC, I did not find anything too alarming in the selection of the squads. Pakistan to me look well set for a successful outing in Zimbabwe.”
He further added, “Whilst it is true that Australia are going through a tough time in ODIs due to a rebuilding phase brought on by injuries and the absence of some key players, no one should underestimate their overall strength in any format of the game. Pakistan will face them in a Tri-Series along with hosts Zimbabwe and based on paper form, we should emerge as winners. But unfortunately, we have a history of doing the unexpected.”
Aamer signed off by saying, “With some spectacular wins, we have seen many losses from winning positions and like it or not, Pakistan have an annoying habit of helping out-of-form teams regain form in the most at their expense in an inexplicable manner. This will be the challenge for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his side and one hopes that they will have learnt from the lessons of the past to emerge victorious in the T20I Tri-Series and also in the ODI series against Zimbabwe.”
Here is Pakistan squad for Tri-series in Zimbabwe:
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan