While Pakistan underachieved in both Tests and ODIs under the leadership of wicket-keeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed, they thrived in T20I cricket. The 32-year old cricketer, along with the ex-head coach Mickey Arthur, worked really hard to make Pakistan the best team of the shortest format of the game, evident from the green team sitting at the top of the table of 20-over cricket.
After losing to South Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia, Pakistan rejoined the winning track by downing Bangladesh in the three-game T20I series 2-0. However, a poor span of 12 months, which witnessed the green team losing 8 of their last 9 completed 20-over contests, means that they now sit in danger of getting dethroned in T20I cricket.
In the ongoing cricketing action between England and South Africa, the two teams will engage in a three-game T20I series. If England manages to win the series 3-0, which is a distinct possibility considering their form, the English unit will rise to 271 points, pushing Pakistan on the second spot. This, without a shadow of doubt, would be a deserving reward for England who have revamped their white-ball cricket in an iconic manner.