SANA'S NOT COMING TO TOWN
Pakistan arrive in Australia as a much-improved all-round outfit, even if they are without Sana Mir, the veteran off-spinner whose absence feels like more a political move than one linked to her ability and experience.
Without her, however, much of the spin-bowling responsibility will fall on the shoulders of 16-year-old Syeda Aroob Shah. The youngster has the potential to be among the breakout stars of the competition; with a fine action and an impeccable leg-break, she will cause problems.
Much, though, will depend on the runs of Bismah Maroof.
ON THE RISE
Bismah Maroof’s side arrives in Australia shorn of Sana Mir, but with some hope of their best showing yet at a T20 World Cup. They have rarely enjoyed these events, but Pakistan are an improving outfit.
Three wins over Bangladesh in a rare series as favourites were surpassed by victories over South Africa and West Indies.
RECENT RESULTS (most recent last - to Feb 1): LWLLWWWLLL
A MODEST RECORD
Pakistan have never made it past the group stage of the Women’s T20 World Cup, winning just six games out of 24.
No team that has taken part in every instalment of the competition has won fewer.
In Bismah Maroof, however, Pakistan have one of the most consistent players in the tournament’s history. Only nine players have scored more runs than her 464. Much, though, will depend on her if her side is to add to its list of wins.
WORLD CUP RECORD
2009: First round
2010: First round
2012: First round
2014: First round
2016: First round
2018: First round