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Why Unpredictability Could Be Pakistan's Ace In The Hole? Javed Miandad Speaks

Pakistan are often called the most unpredictable side in cricket (x.com)Pakistan are often called the most unpredictable side in cricket (x.com)

Pakistan's cricket team is in crisis just before the T20 World Cup 2024 as their plans are falling apart. Just ahead of the pinnacle tournament, the Babar Azam-led unit failed to find their best-suited combination in the bilateral against minnows Ireland and England. 

Saim Ayub, the expected opener with Rizwan, was benched in the last game due to poor performances. Azam Khan, Pakistan's wicketkeeper-batter, has struggled both with the bat and behind the stumps. 

Mohammad Amir's hyped return has also been underwhelming so far. Additionally, since Babar Azam took over the T20 captaincy from Shaheen Afridi, they have failed to win series against New Zealand's B team at home, lost to England, and struggled to win against Ireland. Pakistan's plans are not unfolding as expected.

However Pakistan legend Javed Miandad predicts that despite uncertainties, Pakistan might benefit from the unpredictability factor.

"They are unpredictable and always seem to do well in these T20 World Cups. But yes, they need to definitely improve in some areas quickly because, with a 20-team event, you can't afford to relax even in one game," - Miandad said on Star Sports as quoted by PTI.

Miandad believes that Pakistan's unpredictability makes them more dangerous, and he's banking on this factor to work in their favour.

PAK fans are unhappy with Azam Khan

Many Pakistani fans are discontented with Azam Khan's performance with both bat and gloves, and concerns about his fitness are also circulating. He had dropped 2 catches in the last game of England series.

Criticism has been directed towards Pakistan's decision to field Azam Khan as the keeper for the T20 World Cup. However, Captain Babar Azam is standing firmly behind his player.

"We have capable (and) talented players, and we will come good in the World Cup," Babar had said post the series defeat to England.

Just like Miandad, Babar Azam hopes for a different outcome in the World Cup. Despite disappointment over the loss against England, he maintains a positive outlook ahead of the tournament.

Pakistan will face hosts USA in their first game in the T20 World Cup 2024.