After 11 Years, Pakistan ready to host Bangladesh at home ground.
ISLAMABAD: The first match of the three-match Twenty20 series between Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket teams will be played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore shortly after, where the Pakistani team faces the challenge of securing world number one position in the series.
Due to persistent failures in T20 cricket last year, the Pakistani team is now worried about securing the number one position in the world, and the national team will lose the first position if the series is not swept clean.
Even with a 1-2 victory in the series, Australia will become the number one team in the world, so Pakistan will have to make a clean sweep in the series.
The captain of the national team is also aware of the importance of the series against Bangladesh and has said that the Pakistani team will be bowing down to save the world number one position.
"This is a hit-and-miss situation for us and we have prepared accordingly, we have talked to the players that they have to perform 110 percent to maintain the world number one position," he said.
Pakistan have called on veteran Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to return to the squad to solve the problems facing the batting line in the middle order following a clean sweep in the T20 series against Sri Lanka and then Australia.
The changes to the national team can be gauged from the fact that the squad consisting of young and experienced players has been formed by dropping seven players from the squad in the previous series.
Ahsan Ali and Harris Rauf also managed to secure first place in the squad, and both players are expected to debut in the first match.
Bangladesh team is visiting Pakistan in two phases where 3 T20 matches and one test match will be played in the first phase and after the Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh team will play one-day and one-Test matches in Karachi. Will play
Due to security concerns, veteran Mushfiqur Rahim refused to come to Pakistan, but in addition, Bangladesh's full squad is visiting Pakistan, led by Mohammad Mahmudullah.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah had said that while riding the plane to Pakistan, we overcame security concerns, we are just thinking about playing good cricket in Pakistan. , We love coming back here and we are determined to do well.
Remember that Bangladesh last visited Pakistan in 2008, and for 11 years thereafter, Bangladesh did not visit Pakistan again due to security concerns and tensions between the two countries' boards.
On the question of competition from world number one Pakistan, Mahmudullah said that he does not believe in the rankings and his players are in good form after the Bangladesh Premier League and they expect good performance from all these players.
"If you think about the rankings, it is likely to affect our game, we know that Pakistan is a strong team but if you look at our performance graph in T20, we have done well over the last few series. Are doing
The Bangladesh captain described himself as absolutely safe in Pakistan and said that he wants to do well in Pakistan.
Between the two teams, a batting wicket has been prepared for the match which, in view of the match, is expected to score big and fans can watch cricket rain on sixes.
Like the ODIs and T20s, Pakistan has a huge edge against Bangladesh.
Both teams have so far competed in 10 Twenty20 matches, with Pakistan dominating who won eight matches and in two, Fateh kissed the Bangladeshi team.
However, the interesting thing is that in the last two-way series played between the two teams, the Pakistani team had to face 1-2 failure.