Pakistan's cricket team has been announced for the Cricket World Cup to be held in India. The team has expressed confidence in Babar Azam as captain. His deputy spinner will be Shadab Khan. Hasan Ali has returned to the team. He was not included in the team in the Asia Cup.
Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr.
Pakistan has announced its 15-member squad for the World Cup 2023. Fast bowler Naseem Shah, who was injured during the Asia Cup, is out of the tournament. However, Haris Rauf, who is suffering from injury, has been included in the team. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Wasim Junior have also been included in the team. There were doubts about Fakhar Zaman's place in the team due to his poor performance, but the selectors have supported him and he is part of the World Cup squad.
Saud Shakeel, who was dropped from the Pakistan team for the Asia Cup, has been successful in making a comeback in the World Cup team. Fast bowler Zaman Khan, spinner Abrar Ahmed and Mohammad Haris will remain with the team as reserves. If needed, these players will be included in the team. Naseem Shah's injury is a major blow to Pakistan's chances of winning the World Cup.
PCB chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq announced the team during a press conference on Friday. Inzamam also gave an update to fans on Naseem Shah, saying that scans indicated that the right-arm fast bowler could remain out of action beyond the World Cup in October-November. Inzamam said, 'The reports we have received show that Naseem Shah will be out not only for the World Cup but for a long time. The way he was bowling with the new ball as well as in the death overs, it is a big blow for Pakistan.
In the Asia Cup, Pakistan team failed to reach the final and lost against India by 228 runs. The PCB, while reviewing the team's performance in the Asia Cup, blamed the previous management for poor workload management of players. "The discussion revealed that the previous management had allowed many players to play league cricket, leaving them exhausted before their national duty," Ashraf Zaka, head of the PCB's interim management committee, said in a PCB statement on Thursday. "But going forward we have agreed to take a proactive approach to deal with players' workload and prioritize national duty."