The 16th edition of the Pakistan T20 National Cup is under full swing and we have already completed 3 matches in the tournament. Northern managed to win their opening encounter against Southern Punjab quite convincingly and will be a confident unit when they go into their 2nd match against Central Punjab. The tournament has been organized during a break time in Pakistan’s domestic calendar.
In recent times, the selection process has been questioned and Misbah-ul Haq has now laid a new roadmap in an attempt to recover Pakistan cricket. Meanwhile, the 5th match of the competition will be played between Central Punjab and Northern. Central will look to get back to winning ways while Northern will look to build on their win in the opening match.
Venue- Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
Date- 15th October 2019
Babar Azam played a good knock in the opening match but his side eventually lost the clash. There is no doubt about the fact that Babar is the most important batsman in the squad. The likes of Salman Butt, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal will look to make a mark. It will be pretty interesting to see how the team regroups after a big defeat in the opening clash.
Predicted Playing XI
Kamran Akmal (WK), Babar Azam (C), Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Salman Butt, Azhar Ali, Hasan Ali, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Namim Shah, Usman Qadir
Kamran Akmal (WK), Babar Azam (C), Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Salman Butt, Azhar Ali, Hasan Ali, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Ehsan Adil, Usman Qadir, Ali Shan, Mohammad Saad, Rizwan Hussain, Usman Salahuddin, Nauman Anwar, Nasir Nawaz, Saad Nasim, Ehsan Adil, Zafar Gohar, Ahmed Bashir, Namim Shah
Northern began with a victory in their opening clash and it was largely possible due to the impressive performance of their bowlers. The batting department was led very well by Umar Amin. In the later stages, it was Asif Ali who smashed a quickfire 44 of 24 deliveries which helped them win the clash with an over left. The likes of Mohammad Amir looked in good shape and will look to make another impact in their 2nd clash.
Predicted Playing XI
Roahil Nazir (WK), Imad Wasim (C), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Umar Amin, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Haris Rauf, Sohail Akhtar
Imad Wasim (c), Umar Amin, Sohail Tanveer, Hammad Azam, Asif Ali, Muhammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Haider Ali, Sohail Akhtar, Rohail Nazir, Harris Rauf, Musa Khan, Zaid Alam, Ali Imran, Naveed Malik
CEP vs NOR Dream 11 Team Combination
Wicket-keeper: Kamran Akmal
Batsmen: Babar Azam, Umar Amin, Salman Butt, Asif Ali
All-rounders: Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf
Bowlers: Mohammad Amir, Sohail Tanvir, Harris Rauf, Nasim Shah
Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir will be my captain options. Both are world-class players and doesn’t need any introduction. In most days these two will perform and it will be a sensible move to make them either the captain or the vice-captain.