Published:6 October 2021
Pakistan is not among the favourites to win the T20 World Cup this year, and it is just this reason that adds to the tournament's surprise factor this year, which begins on October 17 in the UAE and Oman.
Pakistan's group B campaign kicks off on October 24 against arch-rival India, followed by games against New Zealand and Afghanistan on October 26 and 29. On November 2 and 7, they will play qualifiers in their final two group stage matches.
Pakistan's hard-hitters must contribute to the team's success in the multi-team event, as the team will heavily rely on their exploits.
Young pacers Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain, who are presently participating in the National T20 Cup, will be crucial in the UAE. The spinners will play an even more significant role now that the tournament has been moved from India to the UAE because of the Covid-19 crisis.
The appointment of Ramiz Raja is seen as a "very encouraging sign" for Pakistan cricket. Raja was recently elected PCB chairman without opposition after Ehsan Mani's three-year term expired in August.