Pakistan Cricket Schedule After T20 World Cup 2024 Exit

All-rounder Imad Wasim claims that after losing in the T20 World Cup 2024 group stage, Pakistan cricket is at rock bottom and needs drastic changes. In the group stage, both the USA and India beat the 2009 champions. Their solitary win came against Canada, who finished last in the group standings.

The Pakistan cricket team left the USA after their forgettable campaign at the T20 World Cup 2024 and reached Pakistan on 19 June via Dubai. On the other hand, Babar Azam and five fellow cricketers will not fly back home but jet off to the United Kingdom for a holiday approved by the Pakistan Cricket Board. On Wednesday, some Pakistan players arrived in Lahore.

Analyzing Pakistan’s worst-ever T20 WC 2024 campaign

Pakistan was ousted from the T20 World Cup 2024 group stage last week. They lost the opener against the United States, then lost another one to arch-rivals India in the opening fixture. 

The only ray of hope for Pakistan to survive in the competition was an Irish win over the US. But the harsh weather in Lauderhill did not allow a single ball to be bowled as the match washed out.

The side is suffering from intense trolling on social media for such a poor show on the field. However, after the shocking defeat at the hands of Team USA in the Super Over, former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar began a heated debate. He claims that the national team might have to go through the qualifiers if they wish to make it to the next T20 World Cup.

Former cricketers have gone to the extent of asking for drastic measures. Wasim Akram calls for remodelling of the team and Shoaib Malik asking for Babar to quit captaincy. Also, there have never been fewer reports about fissures among players in the Pakistan camp than some raised eyebrows.

It has also been learnt that the players might get a chance to play in some local English clubs before returning home to Pakistan. Well, these are not county clubs, hence just how much it would help them improve their game is still a question mark. But the players are looking for some time off from competitive cricket during their time in the United Kingdom.

Gary Kirsten’s strong words bring a storm in Pakistan Cricket

Social media was abuzz with quotes from Kirsten slamming Pakistan. 

“Despite what they claim, Pakistan is not a team at all. They don’t support one another; each member is set apart from the rest, left and right”. It was a quote that spread across social media like wildfire with Kirsten saying this to a journalist.

Investigations have found that the said outburst took place in the dressing room rather than a public critique of their campaign during the T20 World Cup 2024. His comments were part of a debriefing session as Geo TV reported after the Babar Azam side beat Ireland at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday and later misconstrued on social media.

Former cricketers, pundits, and legends were unhappy with the team’s performance in the World Cup. The team’s unity remains in question for Wasim Akram.

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What’s next for Pakistan after the T20 World Cup 2024?

With Pakistan’s next global assignment not until August, there was no real rush for the players to head home. With nearly two months to go before Pakistan hosts Bangladesh for a two-Test series, head coach Gary Kirsten and assistant coach Azhar Mahmood too have gone off to respective homes and will be back in time for the Tests. 

In October, England will play three Test matches in Pakistan. Three ODIs and three T20Is will be played in Australia in November when Pakistan visits. After the commitment in Australia, Zimbabwe will be the next destination for Pakistan. They will play 3 ODIs and as many T20Is from November 20 to December 5.

Just after the matches in Zimbabwe, Pakistan will travel to Durban in December to play South Africa. That includes 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 2 Test matches between 10 December and 7 January.

After completing their tour of South Africa, the Pakistan cricket team will come home to complete an ODI tri-series. That involves New Zealand and South Africa. That series, in turn, forms part of the build-up for the Champions Trophy. It will be taking place in Pakistan in February-March.

In the overall plan, running from August to January. There will be at least seven Test matches, thirteen ODIs, and nine T20Is for the Pakistan cricket team. It’s an exciting time for Pakistan and its fans.

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