Pakistan to face Bangladesh in their opening match: Previous T20 world cup champion team, Pakistan will play their first match of 2010 ICC T20 World Cup against Bangladesh at Gros Islet in West Indies. Pakistan had performed well in previous world cup and had defeated Sri Lanka in final match at Lord’s to win the tournament. This year, team does not have many senior players who were banned due to indiscipline or poor performances by Pakistan cricket board. Shoaib Malik got married recently with Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and he was also among banned players. Other banned players like Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Younus Khan will also not be able to join the team in the tournament due to ban. Shahid Afridi is given captaincy for the team and a lot will depend on him in this ICC World Twenty20. He can do well with his bat as well as ball but in the warm up match, he did not look well with bat. He performed good with ball and took four wickets with his leg spin bowling.
Pakistan should learn from the warm up match lose: Pakistan cricket team played their warm up match against Zimbabwe but they lost the match. Playing first, Zimbabwe scored a total of 143 runs in 20 over fixture while in return Pakistan lost their wickets cheaply and were able to score only 131 runs. Most of the batsmen of team like Khalid Latif, Mohammad Hafeez, Afridi and Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq lost their wicket in single digit score. If Pakistani players will continue such poor game they cannot make their name as winner in tournament this year. Pakistan team should learn a lesson from the warm up match which they have lost. Skipper, Sahid Afridi should manage the team well in next matches and should make it sure that this defeat does not decrease their morale. They should concentrate on their all the fields whether it is batting, bowling or fielding to win the matches and move ahead to next step.
Bangladesh is not successful in T20 matches: Bangladesh is test team as well as they play one day internationals but in T20 matches they have poor records so far. They had played fourteen T20 matches in year 2006 and 2007 in which they won only three matches. They registered these victories against Kenya, Zimbabwe and the West Indies. In previous edition of ICC World Twenty20, they played seven matches in which they won only one match against West Indies while lost rest of matches. Bangladesh played their warm up match on Wednesday at Barbados and lost it by seven wickets against England. This would also have affected the team. Team also has some good players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Abdur Razzak, who can make team win the match. In Caribbean, Bangladesh had defeated Indian team in group stage match, in 2007 ICC World Cup of 50 over. So, Pakistan should not take team as a weak team and will have to play carefully.Share