Pakistan’s skipper, Shaheen Shah Afridi, has shared insights into the Men in Pakistan T20 World Cup Squad 2024 preparations. Following the five-match series against New Zealand, Afridi revealed that the team has zeroed in on 16 to 20 players for the upcoming tournament in June.
In the final T20I against the Blackcaps, Pakistan clinched victory with a convincing 42-run win, overcoming challenges faced throughout the series. Notably, off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed showcased his skills on a slower track, earning praise from Shaheen for his valuable contribution.
Expressing gratitude to the crowd, Shaheen acknowledged Iftikhar’s experience and explained the team’s strategy of giving chances to youngsters in the series. The captain emphasized the importance of unity and teamwork, stating,
“Today’s game was very important for us. We needed that as a unit to step forward.”
Shaheen highlighted the team’s focus on exploring different player combinations and providing opportunities to emerging talents. Haseebullah, who played in the final match, was specifically mentioned as someone gaining confidence for the upcoming home series.
Shaheen pinpointed promising individuals identified during the series, singling out Abbas Afridi for his all-around skills and stability in the bowling unit. Additionally, he mentioned Saim Ayub’s potential to serve Pakistan well, despite not meeting expectations in the recent matches.
As they gear up for the Pakistan T20 World Cup Squad, Shaheen emphasized the team’s mindset on the global tournament, indicating a thorough evaluation of every player’s suitability for various roles.