ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Pakistan Team Preview
The absence of former skipper Sana Mir from the squad is the biggest talking point for Pakistan, who are part of Group B in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020.
Bismah Maroof was Pakistan's top batter in 2019 and the third-highest across all teams, associates included, in T20I cricket with 459 runs from 14 matches at an average of over 40 and a strike rate of close to 110. She scored four half-centuries and had the best of 70*.
It was courtesy of her fine form that after Sana Mir decided to take a break from international cricket and was later not included in the squad, Maroof was retained as the skipper for the event.
The last T20I series that Pakistan played was against England in Malaysia where Nida Dar was Pakistan's top wicket-taker with an average of 15.75 and an economy of 7.87. Anam Amin was also a bit expensive but was among the wickets.
The most shocking point of Pakistan’s squad announcement is the absence of Sana Mir, their second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is.
The 34-year-old had featured in every previous edition of the T20 World Cup, but after the off-spinner took a break from international cricket last December, missing the series against England, she has been left out of the World Cup squad.
Uncapped 15-year-old Ayesha Naseem has been their most surprising pick. Pakistan will be led by captain Bismah Maroof while Javeria Khan has been named vice-captain.
Squad: Bismah Maroof (c), Javeria Khan, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Nida Dar, Aimen Anwar, Muneeba Ali, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Ayesha Naseem, Fatima Sana, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Anam Amin, Iram Javed, Syeda Aroob Shah
In the last three T20I series that Pakistan have played, they have won one and lost two. The team lost their most recent series against England 3-0 which was played in Malaysia.
However, they clean swept Bangladesh by 3-0 prior to that. Before Bangladesh, Pakistan faced South Africa in a 5-match T20I series and lost 2-3.
Record in T20 World Cups
Pakistan qualified for super six in the inaugural Women's T20 World Cup but lost the fifth place playoff. The team failed to qualify for the semis next year.
Pakistan were beaten by South Africa in the Qualifier of the 2014 T20 World Cup and won the seventh place playoff in the 2014 World Cup. They failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the 2016 and 2018 editions.
Pakistan are ranked 7th in the Women's T20I rankings with 1080 points and 228 ratings. None of their players find a place in the top 10 batting, bowling or all-rounder rankings.
Bismah Maroof - "Youth and experience form a perfect blend in our ICC Women’s T20 World Cup squad and I cannot wait to see how they do in the upcoming tournament. Our squad possesses match-winners and players who can turn the game on its head, which is very exciting for us in a tournament where every game matters.
"If you look at the graph of our performances, the results are on the rise and I am hopeful that it will stay the same in the upcoming World Cup. These are the moments we have been building up for and we are hopeful of using all the hard work to our advantage in Australia.
"The brand of cricket we have been playing and the manner of our performances has been really important to us. We want to continue to play in the same way over the next few weeks, and hopefully that can lead us to success in Australia."
Prediction - Eliminated in the group stage
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