Babar Azam Co. will struggle in T20 World Cup 2024: Mohammad Hafeez

Former Pakistan captain shed light on the reason behind forming this opinion.

By Web Desk
May 17, 2024
Mohammad Hafeez. - PCB

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez thinks the Men in Green will struggle in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

While talking to a local news channel, Hafeez shed light on the reason behind forming this opinion.

“Look, as a Pakistani, my heart will always remain in the favour of Pakistan regardless of their performance. But, considering the facts, I think the Pakistan team will struggle,” Hafeez said.

“The only reason behind that is they are not ready in terms of the right formation and the mindset. Also, their roles are not defined yet like a controlled team,” he added.

But, Hafeez additionally selected his semi-finalists for the 2024 T20 World Cup, with Pakistan included despite his assertion that Babar Azam and Co. would struggle in the tournament.

“Look, I would say the same thing again, if I were to say what my heart wants, I would pick Pakistan first. If I consider tactics and right formation then I think India can perform better in the West Indies.

“West Indies themselves could perform better there and alongside them, England could perform really well.”

Hafeez labelled Pakistan's home-series result against New Zealand as below par where they drew the series 2-2

“Look, the lead-up wasn’t good, like 2-2 against New Zealand at home wasn’t in Pakistan’s favour. It is by no means justifiable. You just can’t do that because it was Pakistan’s full-strength side. Unfortunately, the results we were hoping for, as fans, did not come," he added.

“Pakistan then went to Ireland. There as well, Pakistan fielded a full-fledged side. But, after losing the first game, their recovery was very good. Like, the attitude they showed to win that series.

“At a certain stage, it seemed as if Pakistan would not be able to win this series. But their comeback was strong.

“They have every player in their arsenal but unfortunately, as of now, such mindset, body language and dominance, which we think Pakistan should have achieved, were not attained,” he concluded.