Pakistan have the best win ratio of any of the recognised sides in the World Twenty20, having triumped in 13 of 17 outings, including one tie.
However, it is one of those three loses which will still rankle - a five-run defeat in the 2007 final to rivals India.
There is a mix of experience and youth with skipper Younus Khan leading a squad that includes three teenagers. However, they must do without one of their old stagers, Shoaib Akhtar, who was ruled out just days before the tournament.
Pakistan have been put in Group B with England and Holland.
Younus Khan (captain)
The prolific middle-order batsman accepted the captaincy earlier in the year when Shoaib Malik stood down following a one-day series defeat at home to Sri Lanka. Sixteen Test hundreds and an average over 50 highlight Younus’ talents but he has made only one half-century in Twenty20 internationals and will be looking to improve on that record.
The vice-captain had a stop-start beginning to his international career but he finally looks ready to fill the void at the top of the order that has troubled Pakistan for so long. Capable of brusque runs, particularly during the powerplays.
Still only 17, the aggressive top-order batsman made his first-class debut as a 15-year-old. His impressive displays for Pakistan Under-19s have seen him fast-tracked to the senior squad and he made his Twenty20 international debut against Australia in May.
The former skipper has batted just about everywhere for his country but is likely to open or come in first wicket down during the World Twenty20. His useful off-spin often restricts opposition teams, and he offers quick runs at a healthy Twenty20 average above 30.
So nearly the hero in 2007, when his 43 took Pakistan to the edge of victory in the final against India. But, having hit four sixes, he was last man out going for the boundary which would have seen Pakistan over the line. Boasts a formidable average in the shortest form of the game.
Announced himself to the cricketing world with a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka as a 17-year-old. Afridi is a leg-spinning all-rounder who knows how to clear the rope, although he can also throw his wicket away - to the frustration of coaches, team-mates and fans alike. His quick leg-breaks and top-spinners make him a threat with the ball.
A dependable keeper at international level, Akmal is also capable of useful runs whether at the top of the order in limited-overs cricket or lower down in Tests. Will be out to set the record straight after a duck in the final two years ago.
A talented left-handed all-rounder, Alam’s orthodox spin bowling picks up useful wickets at an economical rate. With the bat he has demonstrated an ability to pick up quick runs and he boasts an impressive strike-rate.
Rao Iftikhar Anjum
Far from the quickest of seam bowlers, Anjum’s accuracy and ability to reverse-swing the ball and deliver a pinpoint yorker make him a huge asset in limited-overs cricket. He can also contribute useful runs down the order.
One of the stars at the inaugural Indian Premier League, when his impressive displays with the ball helped Rajasthan Royals to the title. Usually bowls left-arm seam but can act as an orthodox spinner and scores enough runs to be considered an all-rounder.
Gul will be expected to lead the fast-bowling attack in the absence of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, and his improved displays of late suggest he is ready to shoulder the responsibility. His disciplined line and outswing make him difficult for batsman to get away.
For any left-arm seamer Wasim Akram must set the benchmark, so to be labelled by Akram as a special talent shows the potential Aamer has. Only just 17, his genuine pace and swing have impressed in domestic cricket and he will be hoping for a chance at the top level.
Well adjusted to English conditions, having played for Sussex and Kent over the years, Arafat is predominantly a controlled swing bowler but also capable of destructive hitting with the bat. Another member of the losing side in the 2007 final.
Arrived late on the international scene at the age of 30 but his economical off-breaks have proved useful in the shorter form of the game. Possesses an unorthodox style with a wealth of variations, and not shy in using his doosra.
Another teenager in this youthful Pakistan squad, 19-year-old Hasan will act as understudy to Akmal with the gloves. In domestic cricket he has already scored plenty of runs at a quick rate to catch the selectors’ eyes.
A late replacement for Yasir Arafat, Razzaq offers options with both ball and bat. A skiddy seamer boasting experience of English conditions, he also adds considerable power in the middle order with his powerful hitting.
Abdul Razzaq was called up to the Pakistan squad on July 10 as a replacement for Yasir Arafat, who was forced out by a hamstring injury.