Before embarking on their 3-months long tour to England and Wales, the Pakistan cricket team met with Prime Minister Imran Khan for inspiration. The former 1992 World Cup winning skipper blessed the team with well wishes, and encouraged them to display a valiant effort in the upcoming mega-tournament.
While sharing tips on coping with pressure of the mounting expectations of a burgeoning populace, PM Khan also gave his assessment of the squad and expressed his views. He declared young leg-spinner Shadab Khan as Pakistan’s trump card in excelling at the World Cup.
A surprising choice given the traditionally seam-friendly conditions, PM Khan labelled Shadab this term given his ability to pick up crucial wickets during tense moments of the game.
The 20-year-old, who also hails from Imran Khan’s hometown of Mianwali, has been a regular performer for Pakistan in limited overs cricket ever since he burst on to the international scene.