The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has unveiled the 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2023 after some unexpected delays. The team management took their time to make the selections, likely influenced by Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the Asia Cup and the injury sustained by key bowler Naseem Shah during the tournament. This announcement has generated significant interest among cricket fans and experts as they eagerly anticipate Pakistan’s prospects in the upcoming World Cup. Losing Naseem Shah is indeed a significant setback for the Pakistan side, considering his ability to generate movement and trouble batsmen. His exceptional ODI record, with 32 wickets at an average of 16.96, including two five-wicket hauls, highlights his value in the team. The inclusion of Hasan Ali as his replacement indicates the team’s reliance on his skills and experience to fill the void left by Naseem Shah’s absence.
Pakistan’s batting lineup is well-rounded, with experienced players like Fakhar Zaman, Imam-Ul-Haq, Mohammed Rizwan, and Iftikhar Ahmed providing support to captain Babar Azam. The inclusion of youngsters Mohammed Haris and Saud Shakeel adds depth to the middle order, offering both talent and potential.
On the all-rounders’ front, Pakistan has a good mix of options. Shadab Khan and Mohammed Nawaz are versatile spin-bowling all-rounders, while Salman Agha and Iftikhar Ahmed can also contribute with both bat and ball. In the spin department, Usama Mir provides a leg-spin option, adding variety to the bowling attack. Pakistan’s pace attack for the ICC World Cup 2023 looks formidable with the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammed Waseem, and Hasan Ali leading the way.
Pakistan will kick off their tournament campaign against the Netherlands on October 6 in Hyderabad.
Pakistan squad for the World Cup 2023
Pakistan squad for the World Cup: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.
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