Pakistan announced its squad for the series against England and Cricket World Cup 2019 on Thursday (18th April), in the midst of the considerable number of discussions encompassing the appointment of PCB MD Wasim Khan that was tested by the Governing Board members.
Chairman selection committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Inzamam-ul-Haq announced the squad at a press conference on Thursday.
The 15-member squad for ICC World Cup does not include Mohammad Amir, anyway he is planned to partake in the series against England alongside another expansion Asif Ali.
World Cup squad includes: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain.
Though many have played before in England, but the new entrants like Mohammad Hasnain, Imam ul Haq, Abid Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi have zero experience of playing in England.
The stats reveal the career progress of each player part of World Cup squad. Starting from Captain Sarfraz Ahmad, he had played 101 ODIs in total with 10 in England scoring 376 runs with an average of 62.67. Since 2018 he had played 21 ODIs and scored 292 runs with an average of 24.30 runs.
Fakhar Zaman has played 31 ODIs in total out of which 4 in England and scored 252 runs with a good average of 63. Imam ul Haq has played 24 ODIs in his career up till now, he had played 21 matches in 2018 and scored 1006 runs with an average of 52.94. The latest entry, Abid Ali had represented Pakistan in only 2 ODIs and the nation and cricket board have high hopes from him.
Often called the most stylish player of Pakistan side, Babar Azam had represented Pakistan in 59 ODIs and 10 were played in England in which he scored 255 runs with an average of 31.87. Haris Sohail is a mature batsman who was out of national team for while due his knee injury, after his recovery he came back strong and made his spot in the World Cup squad. He had played 31 ODIs in his career so far and scored 1251 runs with an average of 48.11 which is quite decent.
Experienced Shoaib Malik is also part of World Cup squad. He has represented Pakistan in 282 ODIs and scored 7481 runs with average of 35.21. The all-rounder have also taken 156 wickets in his career so far. The “Professor” Muhammad Hafeez has also made his place in the squad for World Cup. He has played 208 ODIs and scored 6302 runs with an average of 32.99. He has also taken 137 wickets.
Imad Wasim is a good all-rounder and has represented Pakistan in 41 ODIs out of which he played 9 matches in England scoring 182 runs with an average of 91. Shadab Khan an emerging all-rounder have played 34 ODIs in total out of which 4 in England in which he scored 14 runs and took 4 wickets with an economy of 5.54. Faheem Ashraf is also part of World Cup squad and played 20 ODIs scoring 146 runs and took 19 wickets with an economy of 4.56.
The rising superstar bowler Hasan Ali represented Pakistan in 44 ODI matches in which he bagged 77 wickets with an economy of 5.26. The most talked about youngster Mohammad Hasnain, he played excepotinally well in PSL and was part of winning side Quetta Gladiators. He played 3 ODIs from national side and took 2 wickets with an economy rate of 6.78 the board has put hopes in him to play well in World Cup 2019.
Junaid Khan has played 74 ODIs for Pakistan and dismissed 108 with an economy rate of 5.28. The young Shaheen Afridi is also part of team Pakistan World Cup squad. He has played 10 ODIs for Pakistan and bagged 19 wickets with an economy rate 4.78.
Wishing luck to team Pakistan, may the 1992 history be repeated again and Sarfraz will win World Cup for Pakistan.