Wednesday Oct 20, 2021
Former Pakistani Test cricketer Tauseef Ahmed believes India will definitely be worried ahead of their highly anticipated clash with Pakistan in the T20 World Cup after the Men In Green made changes to the new squad.
Pakistan included Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali, and Fakhar Zaman as replacements in their 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Wicketkeeper Sarfaraz and batsman Haider had come in place of Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain, respectively, while opener Fakhar, originally named as a travel reserve, replaced Khushdil Shah. Moreover, Malik replaced Sohaib Maqsood.
The players who were dropped failed to perform well in the National T20 Cup, held after the New Zealand and England series were cancelled. Sohaib Maqsood retained his place in the squad but was dropped after he suffered a back injury.
Talking on Geo News' programme "Score" on Tuesday, Ahmed said: "The match is going to be tough, but I believe anything can happen and Pakistan might just win the match."
"But yes, India has a balanced team from top to bottom [...] India must definitely be worried after Pakistan announced their new squad," Ahmed said.
Speaking about the importance of seniors, he said juniors "were not being considered [for the squad]".
"Pakistan should have tried different combinations like they are doing now," the former Test cricketer added.
The Babar Azam-led Pakistan squad beat West Indies by seven wickets through an all-out team effort in their warm-up match for the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai on Monday.
Pakistan's next warm-up match is against South Africa on October 20, before the Men in Green begin their World Cup campaign against India on October 24 and then face New Zealand on October 26.