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The 15 players Pakistan should take to World Cup 2019

April 8, 2019

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The 2019 edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup is less than two months away and teams have either finalised or are in the process of finalising their squads for the big event. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Pakistan will be looking to emulate the class of 1992 and win their second World Cup as they kick off their campaign against West Indies on May 31 at Trent Bridge.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already shortlisted 23 probables for the tournament, out of which eight will not make the cut.

We take a look at the 15 players who should be on the plane to England for the Men in Green.

Sarfaraz Ahmed

The skipper will be desperate to build on his side’s Champions Trophy victory in England two years ago and will know that this is, in all probability, his last chance at winning the World Cup.

The skipper is one of the best thinkers in the limited-overs formats, masterminding not only the Champions Trophy victory but also Pakistan’s rise to the top of the T20 rankings.

At a personal level, Sarfaraz cemented his spot in the last edition, impressing with a 49 against South Africa and a century against Ireland, and has a penchant for stepping up in the big games.

Imam-ul-Haq

The left-handed opener announced himself at the international level in emphatic fashion with a century on ODI debut and has not looked back since.

While there were several questions surrounding his inclusion in the side given his relationship with chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, the young opener has impressed in the 50-over format. An average of nearly 55 at the top of the innings shows he has the character as well as the skill set to bat deep. However, the southpaw must still perform at the mega event if he is to silence his doubters and goes into the series having struggled against Australia in the three ODIs that he played.

Fakhar Zaman

The 28-year old Fakhar is known for his aggressive approach and can be a one-man wrecking crew if he gets going in the tournament. An average of over 53 and a strike-rate of almost 100 means he is a shoe-in at the top of the order for Pakistan, especially considering his heroics in England two years ago. Fakhar looked uncomfortable against the South African pacers in his last series and struggled in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as well but should rightfully keep his place in the side considering the destructive abilities that he possesses.

Haris Sohail

The middle-order Haris Sohail may arguably be Pakistan’s most in-form batsman and has registered scores of more than 50 in six of his last eight ODI knocks.

His 291 runs against Australia came at an average of 72.75 and the middle-order batsman can also bowl a bit in the middle overs. Sarfaraz will be keen to have Haris on the plane considering Shoaib Malik’s poor form and Mohammad Hafeez’s injury concerns.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam is the darling of the nation and rightly so. The 24-year-old is the biggest gem in the batting line-up and will be key to any hopes that Pakistan may harbour at this World Cup.

The number three batsman will anchor the innings for Pakistan at the World Cup and is the only Pakistani batsman in the top 10 ODI rankings. While there are some who criticise him for his inability to hit big, the right-hander is one of the best in the world at holding the innings together and rotating the strike.

A must-have for Pakistan at the top of the order if they are to go deep at the tournament.

Mohammad Hafeez

Hafeez is nearing the end of a career that was built mainly as an all-rounder. However, the right-hander is no longer the force he once was with the ball and must rely on his experience and batting ability to justify his place in the squad.

Currently nursing an injury he suffered during the Pakistan Super League, the veteran will in all likelihood make the squad if he recovers as expected. An average of less than 28 in England does not make for good reading though and the 38-year-old must step up if he to justify his spot in the playing eleven.

Shoaib Malik

Malik, like Hafeez, is reaching the end of his career and will be desperate to end it on a high. Despite being a mainstay in Pakistan’s middle-order for some time now, the 37-year-old is no longer a guaranteed starter considering his poor recent form and abysmal record in England.

The middle-order batsman averages 26.4 since the start of 2018. His record in England makes for even more worrying reading as he has scored just one fifty in 24 matches in England at an average of 13.63. However, Malik’s experience as well as his ability to both anchor the innings as well as clear the boundaries mean he is sure to make the cut despite the worrying signs.

Asif Ali

Pakistan’s lack of power hitters mean Asif Ali may find himself on the plane to England despite his mixed performances in international cricket so far.

The Islamabad United batsman boasts a strike-rate of over 130 in ODIs, even if his average stands at just 28.57, and may be the side’s designated ‘finisher’ in the final 10 overs of the game.

His ability to clear the boundary is unmatched in the Pakistan side and that unique skill-set should be enough to see him make the side, especially considering the lack of alternatives for that role.

Imad Wasim

Imad was the stand-in skipper to stand-in skipper Shoaib Malik against Australia and remains one of the side’s ‘senior’ players ahead of the World Cup. The Karachi Kings captain showed against the series of Australia that he has the potential to be a match-winner with both bat and ball for Pakistan but will have to work on his consistency.

His ability to bowl at the start of the innings as well as in the middle overs means he will be a handy weapon for Sarfaraz in England, especially if the ball starts to grip in the surface.

At the wrong side of 30, Imad will know this is his last chance to make an impact at the biggest stage as a regular in the side.

Shadab Khan

Shadab Khan’s star has waned a little in recent times considering his poor run of form of late. However, the young all-rounder remains a key part of the Pakistan set up and will surely feature heavily in England.

Sarafaraz and coach Mickey Arthur will be hoping that the decision to rest him against Australia will mean he returns reinvigorated for the upcoming tournament.

Hasan Ali

The right-arm pacer is going to be Pakistan’s biggest pace weapon at the World Cup, especially considering how well he fared in England two years ago. Hasan was used to devastating effect in the middle of the innings during the Champions Trophy, and won the man of the series award for his 13 wickets.

It will be interesting to see how Sarfaraz uses his highest-ranked ODI bowler and whether he will be given the new ball or entrusted with the older one like he was in England two years ago.

Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir divides opinions like few others but there is little doubt that the under-fire pacer will be a key part of Pakistan’s pace battery come the World Cup.

The left-armer has struggled for wickets of late and was rested for the series against Australia. His heroics in the final against India two years ago have not been forgotten though, and Sarfaraz and Arthur will have him in their plans despite publicly criticising the Karachi Kings pacer recently.

Shaheen Shah Afridi

The teenager bowls with pace and accuracy that belies his young age but his work load must be carefully managed considering the amount of cricket he has played ever since he burst onto the scene at the U19 World Cup last year.

The 19-year-old has a bowling average of less than 20 in ODIs but was afforded some much-earned rest for the Australia series. His bravery as well as his ability to take wickets mean he will feature heavily for the Men in Green at this World Cup and hopefully for many more to come.

Mohammad Hasnain

A controversial choice considering the Hyderabad-born is just 19 and struggled in the three ODIs he played against Australia. However, his ability to reach speeds of nearly 150km/h mean he can’t be ignored.

Sarfaraz may also want to give the young pacer a chance considering how much he impressed under his command during Quetta Gladiators’ PSL-winning campaign.

Faheem Ashraf

Faheem Ashraf justifies his place ahead of the likes of Junaid Khan and Usman Shinwari due to his superior batting and fielding abilities.

However, the Islamabad United man has a woeful batting average of just 13.27 in ODIs. Pakistan’s inability to score quickly at the death is no secret and the left-hander must start justifying his all-rounder tag to give Pakistan the firepower they need in the final overs.

Faheem remains a handy bowler though and an economy of 4.56 shows just how canny a bowler he is in the latter part of the innings.

 
 
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67 Comments

  1. Avatar
    WAHEED AKRAM   April 8, 2019 2:05 pm/ Reply

    Shoaib Malik,, Emad Waseem, Amilr & Husnain are not INFORM & able for WC 2019,

    REPLACEMENTS will be Abid Ali, M Nawaz, M Abbas & Shanwari which are inform

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    Anonymous   April 8, 2019 2:43 pm/ Reply

    Not at all , Usman Shinwari should be chosen before Amir who has done nothing. Think about Omer khan the leg spinner who will be the surprise package. Also if Hafeez is not fit take Rizwan as a batsman.

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    Waris   April 8, 2019 2:48 pm/ Reply

    Muhammad Hafiz shouldn’t be included in wc squad

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    Qaiser Bhaati   April 8, 2019 3:44 pm/ Reply

    Umer khan should b in the team Shoaib mallk should b dropped
    Hasan Ali Shaheen Shah Afradi Mohammed Amir n Usman Shinwari
    Are best pass attack
    Imad wasim n Fahim Ashraf and shadab
    As all rounder

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    Anonymous   April 8, 2019 4:41 pm/ Reply

    pakistan team would also choosen umer khan a leggi like shadab after psl and would make his debut against Australia

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    M.Sohail   April 8, 2019 5:51 pm/ Reply

    The players that will paly in world cup must be experienced and answdrable umer khan , abid ali and abbas are not experiencd and will not answerable

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    MN   April 8, 2019 5:58 pm/ Reply

    This shows us the bad choice of SAMAA TV. They don’t even know that there should be a backup keeper! Mohammad Rizwan is sure in the squad! And then Hasnain!!!!

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    Tahir   April 8, 2019 6:34 pm/ Reply

    Dropping yasir shah is mistake

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    Anonymous   April 8, 2019 6:45 pm/ Reply

    I think Junaid Khan is an Unsung Hero for the national team, he keeps it together when everything is falling apart but i would have loved to see Umer khan bowl after the tournament with kings this year but risking it with someone that young could fatal for the team and his confidence as a player if things dont go well.

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    Hamza Sheikh   April 8, 2019 6:45 pm/ Reply

    Wowww Nyc Squad yahi hone chahiye Worldcup k liye

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    Muneeb   April 8, 2019 6:47 pm/ Reply

    @WAHEED Looks like you didn’t watch the recent series against Australia where Imad Wasim was one of the few positives for Pakistan

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    Ihsan ul Haq Awan   April 8, 2019 7:19 pm/ Reply

    1 Fakhar Zaman.
    2 Abid Ali.
    3 Babar Azam
    4 Asif Ali
    5 Rizwan
    6 Sarfraz Ahmed Wk.Bat

    7 Harris Sohail. Bat/Ball
    8 Shoaib Malik. Bat/Ball
    9 Imad Wasim. Ball/Bat
    10 Faheem Ashraf Ball/Bat

    11 Shadab Khan. Ball
    12 Shaheen Afridi. Ball
    13 Hassan Ali. Ball
    14 Muhammad Amir. Ball
    15 Muhammad Hasnain / Usman Shinwari Ball

    Reserves:
    Muhammad Hafeez, Imam ulhaq

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    Ihsan ul Haq Awan   April 8, 2019 7:23 pm/ Reply

    I will suggest below team….

    1 Fakhar Zaman.
    2 Abid Ali.
    3 Babar Azam
    4 Asif Ali
    5 Rizwan
    6 Sarfraz Ahmed
    7 Harris Sohail.
    8 Shoaib Malik.
    9 Imad Wasim.
    10 Faheem Ashraf
    11 Shadab Khan.
    12 Shaheen Afridi.
    13 Hassan Ali.
    14 Muhammad Amir.
    15 Muhammad Hasnain / Usman Shinwari

    Reserves:
    Muhammad Hafeez, Imam

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    Farhad   April 8, 2019 7:37 pm/ Reply

    Why hasnain? World cup is not a talent hunt program. You need experience and proven quality there. We need to take wahab or irfan as well cause they give you the x factor. Other bowlers are all of the same type

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    Saadi   April 8, 2019 7:38 pm/ Reply

    Malik hafeez hasnain should be out.rizwan abid ali and shinwari should be in

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    Saadi   April 8, 2019 7:39 pm/ Reply

    Hafeez malik hasnain out.shinwari rizwan and abid in

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    Saboor ahmad   April 8, 2019 7:49 pm/ Reply

    Exactly, that should be the green team for CWC 2019

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    Umais Ali   April 8, 2019 7:54 pm/ Reply

    No need to take imam ul haq, he will fail,

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    Innoxent Prince   April 8, 2019 8:08 pm/ Reply

    why do not play ahmad shahzad he is the top player list in psl and Pakisatan cup 2019 but why he can not select to the world cup please answer me

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    Wajahat.   April 8, 2019 8:30 pm/ Reply

    Amir,hafeez and malik don’t deserve on their performance.

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    Sajid mayo   April 8, 2019 8:35 pm/ Reply

    I think its a perfect squad
    But lacking Junaid khan
    Should be in instead of Hasnain
    Coz more talented nd experienced
    However Hasnain Also growming well

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    Aiyaz   April 8, 2019 9:11 pm/ Reply

    Except Babar there is no other batsman…. They r lappa maar players… Fir for T20 or T10

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    Arif   April 8, 2019 9:12 pm/ Reply

    I don’t think Hafeez and Malik should be playing cricket at all, they both are unfit and it will be futile to expect a good performance from them, Abid Ali and Rizwan should be on the plane instead, Shoaib has now overaged and he can’t even make a run quickly.

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    Amin   April 8, 2019 9:49 pm/ Reply

    Best team they can.

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    Tanveer   April 8, 2019 10:20 pm/ Reply

    Wahab should be included in squad in the replacement of Hasnain.

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    Anonymous   April 8, 2019 10:59 pm/ Reply

    Don’t waste husnain, je must be trained hard before world cup.

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    Khan Sahib   April 8, 2019 11:05 pm/ Reply

    Hammad Azam as All rounder fits in well. Lanky Irfan will be handy too.
    Leave Amir and Hasnain.
    Umar Khan may also be there.

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      pslschedule.com   April 9, 2019 11:32 am/ Reply

      yes am agree with you

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    Babar jan qureshi   April 8, 2019 11:37 pm/ Reply

    My tem is babar azam.faheem ashraf .haris shoail.shoaib malik.m.rizwan.asif ali.sarfraz ahmed.emaad wasem.shadab khan. Hasain ali.m.amir.m.irfan.sheen afridi.m.hafez.fahker zamaan

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    Sadu   April 9, 2019 12:07 am/ Reply

    Hafeez malik hasnain out.shinwari rizwan and abid in

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    Raja farhad   April 9, 2019 2:50 am/ Reply

    Good team selection

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    Amir   April 9, 2019 9:00 am/ Reply

    Shinwari was really good against Australia and should be included

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    Shafqat Baloch   April 9, 2019 9:17 am/ Reply

    I think squad is quite good, however Rizwan should be added to boost the batting and alternate option for the Skipper (In any case of injury to skipper). HOPE FOR THE BEST. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN

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    Raza Naqvi   April 9, 2019 9:43 am/ Reply

    Inam ul Haq
    You must be kidding..
    He is cricket political joker he should be out of team.

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    Anonymous   April 9, 2019 10:02 am/ Reply

    Inclusion of Hasnain would be doubtful as introducing the young lad in a major tournament could end badly. Have to think about having a second keeper in case Sarfaraz injures himself.

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    M.afnan   April 9, 2019 10:05 am/ Reply

    Its a good squad…. Just one change in my mind, which is JUNAID for hasnain……!

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    Malik usmN   April 9, 2019 10:14 am/ Reply

    Amir must be in WC. If he don’t takes wicket, but he makes pressure on the other team. All team plays him carefully and doesn’t attack him too much, that’s why he is getting less wickets.

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    Malik usman   April 9, 2019 10:18 am/ Reply

    U know your bowling attack when in pressure. Even imad, Hassan, shadab, usman khan all are not depth bowler, we have ssen the m in the past, how they leaks runs. But amir s economy is better then from all of them.

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    Hamza   April 9, 2019 10:30 am/ Reply

    Hasnain ki jaga junaid khan aur asif ali ki jaga abid ali hona chahiye

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    Dr Raheel   April 9, 2019 11:09 am/ Reply

    Team should be,Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Abid Ali, Fakher Zaman, Hafeez, Malik, Haris Suhail, Imamul Haq, Wahhab Riaz, Hassan Ali, Umar Khan, Emad Waseem, Shaheen Shah afridi, Amir, Shaheen Shiwanri, Shadab Khan

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    pslschedule.com   April 9, 2019 11:09 am/ Reply

    Hasnain ki jaga junaid khan aur asif ali ki jaga abid ali hona chahiye

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    KANZA   April 9, 2019 11:14 am/ Reply

    Can’t agree more!

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    Kamran   April 9, 2019 11:16 am/ Reply

    I think it’s nice team abid Ali ko ak match ke waja say etna Bara chance nahe dia ja sakta Rizwan will not able to play In England yes shunwari can be batter then amir but amir get a chance because of his experience hope he will dilever

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    Dr Raheel   April 9, 2019 11:17 am/ Reply

    Team should be,Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Abid Ali, Umar Akmal, Hafeez, Malik, Haris Suhail, Imamul Haq, Wahhab Riaz, Hassan Ali, Umar Khan, Emad Waseem, Shaheen Shah afridi, Amir, Shaheen Shiwanri, Shadab Khan, Rizwan

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    Kamran   April 9, 2019 11:18 am/ Reply

    I think it’s nice team abid Ali ko ak match ke waja say etna Bara chance nahe dia ja sakta Rizwan will not able to play In England yes shunwari can be batter then amir but amir get a chance because of his experience hope he will dilever I wish all the best to Pakistan team

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    Sheraz   April 9, 2019 11:21 am/ Reply

    Imam parchi and husnain both are not deserve to play wc 2019

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    Sam   April 9, 2019 12:08 pm/ Reply

    Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf, both are better than Hassan Ali.

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    M. Atiq Maan   April 9, 2019 12:39 pm/ Reply

    I think the best Team for World Cup 2019….

    1- Fakhar Zaman
    2- Imam-ul-Haq / Abid Ali
    3- Babar Azam
    4- Haris Sohail
    5- Hafeez / Umer Akmal
    6- Shoib Malik / Asif Ali
    7- Sarfraz Ahmed
    8- Imad Waseem
    9- Faheem Ashraf
    10-Hassan Ali
    11-M. Amir / shinwari
    Sarfraz Ahmed likes to chase every time. So need extra batsman kept in mind to score 300 plus….

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    AMNA   April 9, 2019 12:40 pm/ Reply

    Well! But I think Amir is not going to get chance in the upcoming World Cup and neither Asif Ali because so far, he hasn’t shown any performance in on-going Pakistan Cup! Rather I believe Wahab Riaz and in-form Abid Ali,as a back-up opener, must be given a chance in World Cup! And may be Rizwan, too, will get in WC squad!

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    NAIMAT KHAN   April 9, 2019 3:24 pm/ Reply

    OPENERS…
    I HAQ/F ZAMAN
    ONE DAWN…
    HAFEEZ/BABAR..
    MIDDLE ORDER…
    S MALIK/S AMED/UMAR AKMAL/ASIF ALI..
    ALL ROUNDERS…
    FAHEEM ASHRAF/SHADAB
    KHAN/IMAD WASIM..
    BOWLERS…
    HASSAN ALI/SHAHEEN AFRIDI/MUMMAD AAMER/MUMMAD HASNAIN..

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      talha   April 10, 2019 6:42 am/ Reply

      totally agree

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    Hasnain   April 9, 2019 4:35 pm/ Reply

    Pakistan squad for CWC 2019

    1. Imam ul Haq
    2. Fakhar zaman
    3. Babar Azam
    4. Haris Sohail
    5. Sarfaraz Ahmed
    6. Asif Ali
    7. Faheem Ashraf
    8. Imad Wasim
    9. Shadab Khan
    10.Hassan Ali
    11.M Amir
    12. Shaeen Shah Afridi
    13. M. Hasnain
    14. M. Hafeez
    15. Abid Ali

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    allsportspages   April 9, 2019 7:23 pm/ Reply

    the most important thing is consistency which is not showing in pakistani team that’s the main problem

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    Syed Umer   April 9, 2019 8:08 pm/ Reply

    Ideal Pak team for Wc’19

    1.Ahmed Shezad
    2.Fakhar Zaman
    3.Babar Azam
    4.Harris Sohail
    5.M Rizwan
    6.Asif Ali
    7.Sarfaraz
    8.Imad Wasim
    9.Shadab Khan
    10.Shaheen Shah
    11.Hasan Ali
    12.M Amir
    13.M Hasnain
    14.Junaid khan
    15.Shinwari

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    AHMAD   April 10, 2019 1:44 am/ Reply

    Umer akmal shinwari must be included for WCC2019

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    talha zia   April 10, 2019 6:40 am/ Reply

    Perfect squad by samma, just that umar akmal should be included. he has performed
    good in psl and Pakistan cup. And in past performed well in English conditions, as he play pace well.

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    Mojiz Ali   April 10, 2019 8:22 am/ Reply

    Usman Shinwari must be chosen in the squad and Shoaib Malik should be dropped because Shoaib Malik has done nothing in the series with Australia although he was captain of Shoaib Malik is then he should improve his batting skills and if will there so I will select Abid Ali instead of Shoaib Malik and Umer Khan leg spinner should also play Pakistan and should be in the world cup squad

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    Farhan hameed   April 10, 2019 1:09 pm/ Reply

    I think umer and shadab should take care of spin department. For fast bowling aamir, Shaheen Afridi, and Hassan ali should be taking responsibility with imad wasim and Mohammad nawaz as a all-rounder. Batting line up should be like fakhar zaman, Ahmed shahzad, baber azam, Haris Sohail, hafeez, shoaib malik, umar akmal, sarfaraz Ahmed

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    Muhammad Farooque   April 10, 2019 3:01 pm/ Reply

    Don’t miss Ahmad Shezad, and Umar Khan

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    Arif   April 10, 2019 4:58 pm/ Reply

    Shoaib Malik should not be include on wrold cup squad..

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    Arslan Ahmed Awan   April 10, 2019 7:34 pm/ Reply

    Ahmed Shahzad ko Pakistan team Mein hona chahiye Umar Kamal ko bhi

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    akbar   April 11, 2019 1:20 pm/ Reply

    Wahab Raiz umer Ukmal aur Ahmad Shahzad ko khilana chaheye

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    Anonymous   April 11, 2019 5:06 pm/ Reply

    good selection

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    Waseem Gill   April 12, 2019 6:40 am/ Reply

    Faheem Ashraf?
    What is he doing?
    Hasnain?
    Ist too early for a new one.
    Junaid Khan and Usman Shinwari should be in the team in place of Faheem and Hasnain.

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    Hashim   April 12, 2019 1:39 pm/ Reply

    There should be atleast one Off spinner

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    Altaaf   April 17, 2019 5:40 pm/ Reply

    I would think PAKISTAN LINEUP SHOULD BE:

    1. FAKHAR ZAMAN
    2. IMAM UL HAQ/ AHMED SHEHZAD
    3. MUHAMMAD HAFEEZ/ HARRIS SOHAIL
    4. BABAR AZAM
    5. SARFRAZ AHMED
    6. SHOIAB MALIK
    7. IMAD WASEEM
    8. ASIF ALI
    9. SHADAB KHAN
    10. HASAN ALI
    11. MUHAMMAD AMIR
    12. FAHEEM ASHRAF
    13. SHAHEEN AFRIDI
    14. YASIR SHAH
    15. JUNAID KHAN

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    Chsohailgul@gmail.com   April 19, 2019 1:45 pm/ Reply

    Aamir ko nikaal k ghalti ker rehay hain..woh baray match ka player hai..inzanam saab ko apna banja imam tu yaad aa gaya..but aamir ni aya yaad..jis ny india k against england mai hi champion trouphy mai performance di..sham on inzamam n pcb…

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