Pakistan’s series against Bangladesh is very important as Pakistan is seeking to hold on to the top world ranking and also prove again the country is capable of hosting international cricket.
If the host team lose just one of the three matches scheduled, they will slide to second behind England or India in the rankings after holding the top spot since January 2018. But they also want to show the security situation has improved enough for the team to start regularly hosting home internationals. The first priority for skipper Babar Azam is to stay top of the world in the shortest international version of the game.
“The focus is to continue the number one ranking,” said Babar. “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,” Babar told a press conference. Pakistan’s rise started in 2016 under Sarfaraz Ahmed as they won eleven consecutive Twenty20 series, before losing three on the trot.
A poor finish in the 50-over World Cup in England, where they failed to reach the semi-finals, resulted in the sacking of Sarfaraz and head coach Mickey Arthur, to be replaced by Azam and Misbah-ul-Haq respectively.
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17 November, 2019