Pakistan crashed to a seven-wicket defeat in the second T20I against Australia, marking their seventh loss in the format this year. This is a rather alarming situation for the No. 1 ranked Pakistan, whose hold on the top position is loosening by each passing game.
Pakistan began their year in T20 cricket with a 2-1 series loss to South Africa in the absence of regular skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed owing to a racially charged taunt. Later, Pakistan lost the one-off T20I against England in a lopsided contest.
The most surprising string of defeats came during Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan when they were whitewashed by a supposedly second-string side from the island nation. Following the abandoned encounter in the first game versus Australia, they have now faced another loss.
Pakistan will have to quickly recoup their confidence under the newly installed skipper Babar Azam in order to prepare for the T20 World Cup scheduled next year.