For whatever reason, Pakistan have always been the first to announce their squad for any international tournament and once again, they've done so as we come close to World T20 2012..
Schedule : T20 world cup 2012.
Mohammad Hafeez was a surprize selection as captain for the shortest format couple of months ago with Misbah-ul-Haq asked to stepped down and now, after two t20s in Sri Lanka, he'll be ready to lead his team in the world cup in which Pakistan have had good results over the years. Hafeez is also the opener of the team, meaning he can bat for long periods, set the platform as well as lead from the front. He'll have option of picking his partner between counter attacking Imran Nazir and relatively authoritive Nasir Jamshed, the left hander.
Pakistan have also recalled wicket keeper Kamran Akmal for the world cup which will extend their batting line-up even further. Asad Shafiq is a fast improving middle order batsman, going ahead of Umar Akmal who's wasted several opportunities. These two youngsters, along with Shoaib Mallik, will have to make sure runs are put on the board.
Shahid Afridi, the most famous Pakistani cricketer, has been contemplating yet another retirement but for the time being, he's available. Afridi was man of the tournament when Pakistan won World T20 2009 in England. can he repeat the performance?
Abdul Razzaq is given another chance purely because of his ability to launch during late overs under the conditions.
Umar Gul will lead the pace bowling attack with his accuracy, along with Mohammad Sami's pace and Sohail Tanvir's swing. Yasir Arafat has played plenty of T20 cricket in England and hence selectors have included him for the event.
Saeed Ajmal is one of the best spinners currently and along with allrounder Afridi and captain Hafeez, there will be few chances for 20 year old Raza Hasan to break into the playing eleven.
"Each player in the side has a role and has been selected accordingly," said Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector. "Razzaq and Imran are utility players and can make a difference. Imran is a good fielder, while Razzaq can also be useful as a seamer on Sri Lankan pitches [during the World T20] and can score some quick runs."
"Raza, though young, isn't a new name," Qasim said. "He has been performing and [taking into account] the need for a left-arm spinner, he is the best [option] at the moment.
"Sami, along with Gul, is our strike bowler. They may not be in form, but with ample experience under their belt they can bounce back and play their role."