Even before the T20 World Cup began, Pakistan made many changes to their initial team. Pakistan’s challenge will be led by Babar Azam, as the previous champions aim to stun the cricket world. Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik were not included in Pakistan’s original roster. They have, however, brought back their senior players ahead of the deadline for changing squads. Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain were dropped, and they were replaced by Sarfaraz and Khushdil Shah. Fakhar Zaman, who had been on the bench, was called up to the main team.
Pakistan’s head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, and bowling coach, Waqar Younis, quit hours after the T20 World Cup selection was revealed, dealing a major blow to the team. As doubts were raised regarding a few World Cup team selections and the resignations of top coaching staff members, controversy ensued.
Shoaib Malik led Pakistan in the first tournament in 2007 and was a member of the winning team in 2009. After missing the West Indies event in 2010, he competed in the tournaments in 2012, 2014, and 2016.
On October 15, the Pakistan squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will travel for Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They will play two warm-up matches against the West Indies and South Africa on the 18th and 20th of October, respectively, before facing India in a Group-2 encounter at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on the 24th.