I was recently thinking about the dream or ideal team for the forthcoming T20WC of which Pak will look to defend and retain in the Windies. With the Australian tour over the focus turns to shortest format of the game. This would be my preferred squad and planning:
Shahzaib Hassan Khan
Why do people see the format as a threat or disgrace to the game or team? This is why its not.
- Plenty of pressure and intensity is involved. The ability to play under pressure is an attribute.
- Variation with the ball is key. People have to vary their pace, length, trajectory in order to avoid getting predictable and consequently hit.
- Captaincy. Being pro-active and strategically minded is essential due to the lack of time available. You haven’t got time to wait and depend on something to happen.
- It’s fast moving. Therefore, stamina and fitness comes into operation.
- Its not a luck/fortunate game which is virtually slogging by any means. It creates innovation and enterprise such as the paddle sweep, bat speed, courage to take world class bowlers on, dil scoop, reverse sweep etc. It’s about generating momentum and building your innings accordingly. Keeping wickets in hand for the death is crucial so you need a few anchor players who can occupy the crease or even re-build the innings if required.
- Selection. Getting the right balance and combinations goes along way in this format. You need to be able to identify the match winners and utilise them most effectively. Ultimately, it’s down to them to perform. But you need to give the best possible opportunity for them to accomplish themselves instead of being wasted.
- Fielding. Direct hits and running between the wickets can make an influential difference. Its a modern skill.
7 years ago