The winners of 1992 World Cup and quarter finalsts in 2015 World Cup, Pakistan are all set to kick start their World Cup 2019 campaign. The team look confident and balanced in terms of experience and talent. Ahead of the World Cup, Pakistan have made certain changes to their preliminary squad.
Both Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz had been omitted from the preliminary squad that had been named last month. The duo have come in place of fellow left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.
In the other major change, middle-order batsman Asif Ali replaced Abid Ali. And leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who had suffered a viral infection and was pulled from the series against England, has recovered and retained his place in the final 15.
Pakistan Cricket Team:
Sarfraz Ahmed (C), Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain.
Head Coach: Mickey Arthur
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Pakistan have always displayed a decent performance in World Cup and are expected to live upto expectations in this world cup as well. They are also the most recent winners of an ICC event in England, the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Pakistan feature a strong batting lineup in the names of Imamul- Haq, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman as opening trio. They will be followed by experienced middle order that includes the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Khan.
Their true strengths do lie in the bowling department. They have a lot of options with regards to true pace, be it Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Amir or Wahab Riaz.
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
With all 10 teams at the World Cup part of the round-robin group stage, each team will play a total of nine matches before the knockout stages, starting July 9. The top four teams will qualify for the knockouts.
The 2019 World Cup will be held between May 30 and July 14 and 48 matches will be played across 11 venues. The first match will take place at the Kennington Oval in London, between England and South Africa.