The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recently announced the 15-man team for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales, which will begin on Thursday, May 30. Pakistan are scheduled to play their first match of the 50-overs tournament against the Windies at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.. The men in green are currently in sixth place in the ODI team rankings of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The team would not be full of confidence and has many problems to face, as they fell to a 0-5 defeat against Australia in the recently concluded ODI series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where the council decided to rest a few of its Great players, including Sarfaraz Ahmed, who also did not play some games on the South Africa tour due to a controversy on the field.
Pakistan also encountered some injury concerns, including that of Mohammad Hafeez, who suffered a hand injury while playing for the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019. However, the All-Rounder of Punjab passed. to pass. The physical condition test, performed on 23 probable players. On the contrary, Imad Wasim was flattered to cheat and could not pass the test.
Wasim could not reach the parameter of 17.4 in the yo-yo test and it was known that the SUV would have another chance. Thereafter, he went through rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). It was speculated that Mohammad Nawaz would be Wasim’s replacement. The batter Abid Ali, who scored his first ODI century in his debut in Dubai, could not pass the test either.
No Amir in the squad.
As for the 15-member squad, Mohammad Amir did not find a place in the squad. He has had a long career in a poor way and has been in and out of the team. The left-handed sprinter Junaid Khan has been recruited. Fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain, who joined the national team in the ODI series against Australia after an impressive PSL 2019, also managed to make the cut.
Head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq, who appointed the squad at a press conference, also opined on Hafeez and said his selection was subject to physical fitness. Wasim was also selected much to the delight of everyone. You will have the leg spinner Shadab Khan for company. Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Afridi are the pacers.
The team will be captained by the wicketkeeper Sarfaraz. Abid also came to the squad. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman are the likely opening hitters. The responsibility would also be experienced Shoaib Malik, who will retire from the ODI cricket after the mega event, and Babar Azam as well.
Pakistan world cup squad.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Hasnain