Pacer Mohammad Amir will not play the World Cup in England as things stand. He was not part of the 15 named by the PCB on Thursday for the showpiece event. Left-arm pacer Usman Shinwari also missed out.
ICC champions trophy winners Pakistan cricket team is heading into the ICC World Cup 2019 with high hopes. World cup squad will be announced by PCB after the Australia Pakistan ODI series but mostly the names would remain the same as:
- Fakhar Zaman
- Sarfaraz (C)(wk)
- Babar Azam
- Faheem Ashraf
- Shadab Khan
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Muhammad Hasnain
- Hasan Ali
- Abid Ali
- Junaid Khan
- Haris Sohail
- Imad Wasim
- Muhammad Hafeez
- Shoaib Malik
Pakistan’s cricket comprises of some quality young talent, that had been their strength in the ICC champions trophy as well which was hosted in England. Domestic performers might be given a go in the squad but mostly the players in the squad who have been playing are the same as the ICC champions trophy, Pakistan cricket team in shorter format is a settled side and minor changes can only be expected apart from that their bowling, as well as the batting department, has been performing well in the last two years.
Pakistan matches against all teams in ICC World Cup 2019
- Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Match, Friday 31 May
- Pakistan vs England, 6th Match, Monday 3 June
- Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 11th Match, Friday 7 June
- Pakistan vs Australia, 17th Match, Wednesday 12 June
- Pakistan vs India, 22nd Match, Sunday 16 June
- Pakistan vs South Africa, 30th Match, Sunday 23 June
- Pakistan vs New Zealand, 33rd Match, Wednesday 26 June
- Pakistan vs Afghanistan, 36th Match, Saturday 29 June
- Pakistan vs Bangladesh, 43rd Match, Friday 5 July
Pakistan team heavily relies on their pace attack for a win. Their pace attack comprises of
Pakistan historically has always had lethal pace attack, even in 1992 WC they have the likes of Aqib Javed, Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. So pace attack plays a vital role in the game plan of Pakistan cricket team.
Spin attack of Pakistan is also very good both Imad Wasim and Shadab khan have been performing really well in the past few years. Imad Wasim being the left arm spinner balls with the new ball and drifts it into the Right arm batsmen. He has been very successful and is very hard to get away. On the other hand, Shadab Khan is an Orthodox leg spinner with a gem of a googly that can bamboozle any batsman. In the mid overs, they pick up crucial wickets and put pressure on the opposing batting line up by balling dots in the middle overs.
The batting line up of Pakistan is stable and has not seen many changes. Opening slots have been filled by Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. Fakhar, a devastating opener, smashes the ball all around the park and his counterpart imam being the orthodox batsman. Number 3 spot has been filled by Babar Azam, an outstanding batsman. He is considered as the backbone of Pakistan batting line up. All top 3 batsmen of Pakistan average over 50 in ODI internationals which is sensational. The middle order is in safe and experienced hands of Hafeez and Malik, they have tons of experience and they provide calmness in the batting order. Lower order is also is in safe hands of Sarfaz, Imad, Faheem and Shadab, they all can bat and hit to some extent.
Overall this is a balanced squad and has the potential to win the ICC World Cup 2019 which is being hosted by England & Wales this summer.