Babar Azam is set to lead the Pakistan side in the third consecutive T20 World Cup during the upcoming edition, with the squad featuring some interesting names.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) opted not to name a vice-captain or any travelling reserves, raising eyebrows considering the tournament’s duration and the unfamiliar conditions in the USA and the Caribbean.

The announcement, made just hours before the ICC deadline for squad submission, offered few surprises as Pakistan maintained the touring party selected for the T20Is in Ireland and England.

Notably, no players from outside this group were included. Hasan Ali, Irfan Khan, and Agha Salman missed out, while Abbas Afridi secured his spot, ensuring Pakistan enters the tournament with a formidable pace attack featuring Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Abbas Afridi, and the returning Haris Rauf.

Bowling Assessment

On paper, the pace attack appears solid, but Mohammad Amir has shown signs of rustiness since his comeback, while Naseem Shah’s performance has been underwhelming.


Along with these concerns, the fitness of Haris Rauf will remain under scrutiny during the ongoing England series. The Afridis, Abbas Afridi and Shaheen, are expected to be key starters for Pakistan, given their current form in recent past.

In terms of spin, Abrar Ahmed, although relatively inexperienced in T20Is, brings promise based on his performances in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and his previous Test record.

Imad Wasim’s experience in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) adds depth to Pakistan’s spin department, although Shadab Khan’s form may see him warming the bench in some games.

Pakistan’ Batting Conundrum

A significant question looms over Saim Ayub’s role in the team. While he has yet to fulfil his potential in international cricket, his CPL experience could be valuable. However, whether Pakistan persists with him or opts for a change in opening remains to be seen.


Pakistan’s batting largely relies on the dependable duo of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, alongside the explosive Fakhar Zaman.

Given the inexperience of Saim Ayub and Azam Khan, as well as the inconsistency of Iftikhar Ahmed, at least two of Babar, Rizwan and Fakhar must deliver in every match.

While Pakistan boasts a balanced side on paper, recent losses to New Zealand’s C team and Ireland raise concerns. Additionally, victories by the USA and West Indies against higher-ranked teams in the T20I series add to the challenge for Pakistan, known for their occasional lapses against lower-ranked sides.



As Pakistan prepares for the T20 World Cup, their squad composition suggests strength in pace and spin departments, alongside a formidable batting lineup. However, addressing concerns surrounding consistency and performance will be crucial in their quest for success in the tournament.

Pakistan squad for T20 World Cup 2024

Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan (wk), Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Abbas Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Abrar Ahmed

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