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We have nearly finalised team combination for T20 World Cup, reveals Misbah ul Haq

By Bet Barter

July 23, 2021

Pakistan head coach Misbah ul Haq has revealed that the Men in Green have almost finalized the squad for the T20 World Cup. Misbah was speaking at the virtual press conference ahead of the West Indies series and stated that around nine members of the playing XI have been finalized.

“I had said [before England tour] that we will be able to finalize our team combination [for the T20 World Cup after England series] and we are near to that. Obviously, there are still some problems. Unfortunately, our middle-order has not been able to perform well like our top-order,” said Misbah.

“We know eight or nine players of our playing XI, along with their replacements. Results have not gone our way but we have an idea about our team combination [for the T20 World Cup],” he added.

The coach also spoke about batsman Azam Khan and said that it’s too early to judge him. He opined that the West Indies tour will give a better idea of his abilities.

“We can’t judge him [Azam Khan] right now because he has only played one proper innings especially when you have a required rate of 12-14 runs per over. A player at that position has to go out and score quick runs straightaway. We still have this [West Indies] series so let’s see how he goes,” he said.

West Indies are currently playing an ODI series against Australia. However, a positive case of a non-playing member from West Indies contingent saw the second ODI being postponed. Misbah further revealed that CWI are trying their best to ensure a safe playing environment.

“Obviously everyone is concerned but we have to adapt because this is how cricket and other sports are going to proceed. There is also psychological pressure of playing amid Covid-19, especially with quarantine and travelling from bubble to bubble,” he said.