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Pakistan Champions Trophy Team Preview
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Pakistan Champions Trophy Team Preview

Pakistan have played 3 Champions Trophy Semi Finals and failed on all 3 occasions to reach the Final. Pakistan also have the lowest win% for a team who has participated in all 7 editions as compared to its opponents: Played 18 matches, Won 7 and lost 11. Win% 38.88


 Pakistan’s progress in previous 7 editions of the Champions Trophy.

Pakistan’s progress in previous 7 editions of the Champions Trophy.

Pakistan are in Group B alongside India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

At a time when Pakistan are on an all time low in ODI rankings, CT will prove to be a test of nerves for both the players and the fans. This is also the first time Sarfraz Ahmed is leading the team in an ICC tournament.



Batting:

Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Fakhar Zaman

Babar Azam’s role as one down will be vital to Pakistan’s chances of posting a decent total on the board or chasing one. He averages 42.64 in past two years: scored centuries against West Indies and Australia and reached 1000 runs earlier this year. Harris Sohail is making a comeback in the team after almost 2 years. Sarfraz will be the other key batsman along with Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez.


Bowling:

Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali

Wahab Riaz has shown us how he loves the ICC tournaments. Apart from him Hassan Ali will be one bowler Sarfraz would be able to rely on. Since his debut Hassan Ali has taken 29 wickets. His ability to take wickets with variation in his pace will be a valuable asset. And if Mohammad Amir gets going as well, we might be in for a treat.



All-Rounders:

Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Harris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf

Shoaib Malik averages 45.23 with the bat since last two years. Both senior all-rounders, Malik and Hafeez will have to bring in their A game to the Champions Trophy if Pakistan want to have a shot at the title.


Trump Card:

The new kid on the block Shadab Khan will have all eyes set on him. He had a decent ODI debut against the Windies: from 3 matches took 5 wickets at an economy rate of 5.52. Shadab Khan’s leg spin just might prove to be the X factor the Pakistan team desperately needs at the Champions Trophy.


Recent ODI Form:

L L L L W W W W L W L L L L W W

Sarfraz Ahmed lead Pakistan to a series victory in the West Indies. At least the team is going into the tournament with some momentum. Pakistan however did lose 4-1 to England last year.

There have been a few tweaks to the winning squad that competed in West Indies. Hopefully the team management has worked on the shortcomings they faced last summer. Still it will be nothing short of a miracle if Pakistan manage to avoid getting knocked out in the group stage of the tournament.


Previous Champions Trophy:

Pakistan didn’t manage to win a single match and was knocked out in the group stage.