Former Pakistan opener, Aamir Sohail is optimistic about Pakistan’s chances in the upcoming tri-nation series. It will involve Australia and Zimbabwe among the other sides.
Pakistan is slated to travel to Zimbabwe for a tri-series. However, the series is in jeopardy after a bomb blast in Zimbabwe earlier. Sohail stated that it was quite amazing to see Pakistan perform brilliantly in the recent times.
They were spectacular in the England and the Ireland series in the recent past. Sohail further hailed the selectors for picking a squad which is a mixture of raw talent and experience.
“I believe that the selectors have played safe and stuck to a tried and tested formula,” he said.
“The change of the squad saw the return of Mohammad Hafeez. He missed out on the cricketing action for a long time. Apart from the return of Hafeez for the T20I side which in m eyes is probably due to the experience factor. He is a robust bowling option after he was allowed to bowl again by the ICC, I did not find anything too alarming in the selection of the squads. Pakistan to me looks well set for a successful outing in Zimbabwe,” Aamir stated.
Amir Sohail is of the opinion that Pakistan will start the tri-nation series as favourites. Australia has had a horrendous time in the limited-overs format in the recent past.
After a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of England, it will be interesting to see how they perform in the tri-nation series.
Australia is having a tough time in the limited-overs format,
“Whilst it is true that Australia is going through a tough time in ODIs due to a rebuilding phase brought on by injuries. The absence of some key players, no one should underestimate their overall strength in any format of the game. Pakistan will face them in a Tri-Series along with hosts Zimbabwe. Based on paper form, we should emerge as winners. But unfortunately, we have a history of doing the unexpected.
“With some spectacular wins, we have seen many losses from winning positions and like it or not, Pakistan has an annoying habit of helping out-of-form teams regain form in the most at their expense in an inexplicable manner. This will be the challenge for Sarfaraz Ahmed, and his side and one hopes that they will have learnt from the lessons of the past to emerge victorious in the T20I Tri-Series and also in the ODI series against Zimbabwe,” Sohail added.