Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh : T20I Series

Pakistan vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I Nov 22 2021 Pakistan tour of Bangladesh

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh : T20I Series

The third game is a dead rubber in what is already a relatively low-profile series, but Pakistan's rise in the format has meant a fair bit of jostling for places in the starting XI.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh : T20I Series

With Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez returning to the fray and a slew of fast bowlers and power hitters waiting in the wings, any opportunity for this side is an opportunity to impress given the next T20 World Cup is less than a year away.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh : T20I Series

That means every match, even dead rubbers, remain important as teams continue to work their combinations out, though it's probably worth noting conditions in Bangladesh might as well be on a different planet to what Australia will have in store.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh : T20I Series

Bangladesh are in freefall and it might have some way to run yet. Series wins against Australia and New Zealand before the T20 World Cup turned out to be completely irrelevant when it came to performances at the tournament,

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh : T20I Series

with Bangladesh failing to win a single Super 12s game, while the two sides they vanquished on home soil competed in the final.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh : T20I Series

There's a whiff of the unsettled behind-the-scenes as well. The board came in for criticism after Bangladesh's shoddy showing at the T20 World Cup, and when

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh : T20I Series

senior player Mushfiqur Rahim was rested - ostensibly injured - for this series, he came out and stated, unequivocally, that he was fit to play.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh : T20I Series

The absence of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal for different reasons has exposed Bangladesh's lack of depth, and in these circumstances, playing a resurgent Pakistan simply comes at a bad time for them.