Desk: Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the team for the ODI World Cup on Friday. Two players who played in the Asia Cup have been dropped from this team. Naseem Shah is out due to injury. Hasan Ali has come in his place in the team. Leg spinner Usama Mir has been included in the team in place of fast bowler Faheem Ashraf.
Haris Rauf was injured against India in the Asia Cup but he has become fit. Naseem Shah was injured in the same match but he has not been fit and has been out of the team for 6-8 months. The pitches in India are helpful to spinners and keeping this in mind, Chief Selector Inzamam Ul Haq has selected leg spinner Mir in place of Faheem Ashraf. The absence of Naseem Shah is a big blow for the team. Whether Hasan Ali can compensate for this or not.
Despite the absence of Naseem Shah, Pakistan’s bowling looks very strong. The team has bowlers like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Hasan Ali. If we talk about spinners, Shadab Khan is the main spinner of the team. Apart from him, the team has Mohammad Nawaz and Mir. All three of them are all-rounders and also strengthen the team’s batting.
Batting, however, has been Pakistan’s weak link. Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are the main batsmen of the team. As long as these two are on the wicket, Pakistan’s batting is strong, but as soon as these two return to the pavilion, the team is in trouble. Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq are the opening pair of Pakistan. Iftikhar Aham, Rizwan and Salman Ali Agha are in the middle order. But they have been seen disintegrating in front of strong bowling. Middle order is Pakistan’s main weakness. Which is visible in this team also.
Pakistan’s World Cup team: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Hasan Ali.
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