Similar to many different issues on this planet, 2020 was not 12 months for cricket. Issues began within the traditional vogue as high groups battled out towards one another throughout the globe. With preparations for the 2020 T20 World Cup effectively underway, worldwide groups appeared to check out the very best mixture to take to the mega occasion.
World Check Championship was additionally heating up as high cricket nations appeared to maneuver their approach up the desk for the ultimate, scheduled to be performed at Lord’s in 2021.
Pandemic had different plans although. Cricket, identical to high sports activities, needed to be halted for a major a part of the 12 months. Cricket followers obtained some excellent news lastly when West Indies agreed to tour England to play cricket behind closed doorways and in a bio-secure bubble. Pakistan pounced on the chance subsequent and toured England, bringing some normalcy again to the lifetime of Pakistanis.
On the finish of the 12 months, Pakistan Cricket Board made important efforts as Pakistani gamers performed common cricket, be it within the PSL, home cricket, or worldwide matches.
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Pakistan had a quiet 12 months as in comparison with their traditional requirements. They performed towards solely 4 groups within the calendar 12 months and toured solely two nations. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe toured Pakistan for brief collection as effectively. Let’s take a look on the timeline of Pakistan cricket in 2020.
1. Bangladesh Tour of Pakistan
Pakistan began 2020 by internet hosting Bangladesh for a two-match T20I collection and a one-off Check, with the second Check scheduled to happen later within the 12 months. The second Check was finally postponed as a result of COVID-19.
The primary T20I match happened at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, on twenty fourth January 2020. Pakistan gained the match by 5 wickets, with Shoaib Malik scoring a powerful half-century to take Pakistan house with three balls to spare.
The second T20I match happened on the similar venue a day later. Pakistan dismantled Bangladesh and gained the match by 9 wickets. Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez scored half-centuries to register a snug victory for the Males in Inexperienced.
Pakistan gained the T20I collection 2-0.
Bangladesh went again house after the T20I collection in accordance with their stipulation of the tour after which returned for the one-off Check match.
The Check match happened on seventh February 2020 at Rawalpindi Cricket Floor. Pakistan was too sturdy for the Tigers as they gained the match with the utmost ease. Shan Masood and Babar Azam scored centuries within the match, and younger pacer Naseem Shah rocked the Bangladesh batting line-up within the second innings with a powerful hat-trick. Pakistan gained the match by an innings and 44 runs.
This was the one collection Pakistan performed earlier than the halting of cricketing actions world wide because of the pandemic.
2. Pakistan Tour of England
Pakistan toured England regardless of the scenario of the virus and introduced the grins again to the faces of the followers. Pakistan performed a three-match T20I collection and a three-match Check collection towards England. The matches have been performed at solely two venues, behind closed doorways, and in a bio-secure bubble.
The primary match of the tour was the primary Check match at Manchester on fifth August 2020. After a really sturdy begin to the match, Pakistan faltered. England took the sport by the scruff of its neck and defeated Pakistan by three wickets. Shan Masood scored an exquisite knock 0f 156, however Pakistan was unable to take the lead within the collection.
The following two Check matches have been closely affected by rain, and each led to a draw. Check captain Azhar Ali got here again to kind within the third Check and scored an exquisite century as Pakistan managed to carry on regardless of being followed-on.
England took the Check collection 1-0.
Then got here the three-match T20I collection. The primary match of the collection was washed out, as is the case with many matches in England. The match led to a draw.
The second match of the collection happened in Manchester on thirtieth August 2020. Regardless of scoring 195 of their allotted 20 overs, Pakistan misplaced the match by 5 wickets. England captain Eoin Morgan scored a quick-fire half-century as Pakistan bowlers misplaced the plot. England led the collection 1-0.
The ultimate match of the tour was essential for Pakistan as they didn’t wish to go house with out registering a single win on the tour. Debutant Haider Ali and veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez scored good half-centuries as Pakistan posted 190 on the board. This time Pakistan bowling unit managed to stay to the plan and defended the goal with solely 5 runs remaining.
T20I Sequence drawn 1-1.
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3. Zimbabwe Tour of Pakistan
PCB managed to persuade Zimbabwe to tour Pakistan amidst a pandemic for a three-match ODI and three-match T20I collection.
Pakistan performed their first ODI of the calendar 12 months towards Zimbabwe on thirtieth October 2020 at Rawalpindi Cricket Floor. Pakistan gained the primary two ODIs convincingly, the primary by 26 runs and the second by six wickets.
The third ODI introduced a shock. Regardless of an excellent century by captain Babar Azam, Pakistan was unable to chase down a goal of 278. The match was tied and headed into the first-ever ODI Tremendous Over. Zimbabwe managed to carry their nerve and win the Tremendous Over, getting a comfort win on the finish of the collection.
Pakistan gained ODI collection 2-1.
Within the three T20Is, Pakistan whitewashed Zimbabwe with the utmost ease. Pakistan gained the primary T20I by six wickets and the second and third T20Is by eight wickets.
Pakistan gained the collection 3-0.
4. Pakistan Tour of New Zealand*
The final collection of the calendar 12 months remains to be underway in New Zealand because the second Check match of the two-match Check collection scheduled to happen on third January 2021.
Pakistan introduced a 35-member squad for the tour as they took the nationwide squad and Pakistan Shaheens for the tour of New Zealand. The tour started with controversy as six members of the Pakistan squad examined constructive for COVID-19 upon their arrival in New Zealand. Crew members have been pressured to spend so much of time in isolation and weren’t allowed to coach for 14 days. Lastly, the staff was allowed to coach, only one week earlier than the primary T20I.
Pakistan suffered a blow as captain Babar Azam was dominated out of the T20I collection and the primary Check match after struggling a fractured thumb in a apply session. Shadab Khan was named the T20I captain and Mohammad Rizwan because the captain for the primary Check match.
The primary T20I happened in Auckland on 18th December 2020. Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf managed to salvage some pleasure after the Pakistan batting unit collapsed on the primary match of the tour. New Zealand gained the match by 5 wickets in the long run.
The second T20I had an identical story. New Zealand proved too sturdy for Pakistan as they gained the match convincingly by 9 wickets.
Pakistan appeared to bounce again within the third T20I. Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan performed an enchanting knock of 89 as Pakistan chased down the goal of 173 with 4 wickets in hand and two balls remaining.
New Zealand gained the T20I collection 2-1.
The primary Check match of the collection started on twenty sixth December. Pakistan suffered a batting collapse of their first innings earlier than stand-in captain Mohammad Rizwan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf fought again to keep away from the follow-on. New Zealand batting outclassed the Pakistani bowling line-up and posted a goal of 373 within the ultimate innings. Pakistan batting suffered the identical destiny as openers fell cheaply and the middle-order couldn’t maintain on towards a well-drilled bowling unit.
The second of the match for Pakistan got here when middle-order batsman Fawad Alam scored an excellent century. Regardless of his heroics, Pakistan couldn’t handle a draw as they have been bowled out with simply 4.3 overs remaining within the Check match.
New Zealand lead the collection 1-0.*
Pakistan’s Prime Scorers in 2020:
|Participant||Babar Azam||Babar Azam||Mohammad Hafeez|
Pakistan’s Prime Wicket-Takers in 2020:
|Participant||Yasir Shah||Mohammad Hasnain||Haris Rauf|