T20 World Cup: Misbah names choices for Pakistan's middle-order contenders

Former captain also explored the dynamics of the top order

By Web Desk
March 04, 2024
Misbah-ul-Haq. - PCB

Former Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq revealed the possible middle-order candidates for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024.

Speaking on a local sports channel, Misbah emphasised players who have been recognised as potential assets to strengthen Pakistan's middle-order batting lineup, which is pivotal for the team's success in the tournament.

"Potentially the names I'm seeing are simple. Agha Salman is there, Azam Khan is there, Iftikhar Ahmed is there, and Shadab Khan is there. Regarding Fakhar, you're already thinking about him," Misbah said.

Moreover, Misbah explored the dynamics of the top order, suggesting a pronounced preference for Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Saim Ayub, while also alluding to a potential reshuffle.

"You know the top three: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Saim Ayub. I think Saim is at the top, then you should either place Babar at three or open with him, or let Rizwan play at three or open. Saim should be the opener because you need a left-hand, right-hand combination," he further added.

It must be noted that the T20 World Cup 2024 is slated to commence on June 1, 2024, with the USA and West Indies serving as co-hosts. The eagerly awaited match between Pakistan and India is scheduled for June 9 at Eisenhower Park in New York.

Meanwhile, prior to the World Cup, the Men in Green are in line to play 12 T20Is. They host New Zealand for five T20Is in Pakistan while they travel to Ireland and England for three and four T20Is respectively.