Babar Azam-led Pakistan is seeking to hold the top spot in the T20Is when they take on Bangladesh in the three-match series starting from today.
If Pakistan loses a single game in the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh at the home soil, they will slip to the 2nd spot in the ICC T20I Rankings.
Pakistan is determined to show the positive image of the country to the world and tell everyone that Pakistan is safe to host International cricket once again.
A terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team back in 2009 costed Pakistan to host all its home series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
After the continuous hard work from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Pakistan Government made sure that the International cricket returns to Pakistan.
The hard work and determination proved to be fruitful last December when Sri Lanka played a two-match Test series following the limited-overs series.
Now Bangladesh has agreed to play a full series in Pakistan in three different phases. They are set to play three T20Is in the 1st phase of the tour.
Focus is to continue the contain the top spot for Pakistan in T20Is: Babar Azam
Before the start of the series Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam said that the focus was to continue the number one ranking.
Babar Azam said, “We can hang on to that only if we win all three matches, so its a do-or-die situation, and we have planned for that.”
Pakistan topped the ICC T20I team rankings in January 2018 under the leadership of Sarfraz Ahmad. Following the poor show in the ICC World Cup 2019, captain Sarfraz Ahmad along with head coach Mickey Arthur was sacked from their respective duties.
Under the leadership of Babar Azam, Pakistan played two T20Is in Australia in which they had to face defeat.
Now with the return of the veteran duo of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is sure that Pakistan would whitewash Bangladesh to strengthen the top spot in the shortest format of the game.
Bangladesh, who last toured Pakistan back in 2008, is led by Mahmudullah Riyad. The Tigers did well to beat India for the first time in the T20I cricket when they recently toured India.
Bangladesh skipper knew that they were facing the top-ranked T20I side in their backyard but, he said that his team would try their best to beat Pakistan on their home soil.
Mahmudullah said, “We have been good. We want to do well in Pakistan. Security fears were left in Bangladesh, and we feel good in Pakistan. So, the focus will be on cricket.”