The World Cup is right around the corner, as all teams enter their final stages of preparations ahead of the mega tournament. Pakistan once again enter the World Cup as the underdogs, keeping intact their ‘unpredictability’ tag.
Although the Green Shirts are traditionally known for their prolific bowlers and lethal pacers, it is interesting to note that this time around Pakistan’s bowling attack is plagued by underwhelming and inconsistent performances. This point can be further illustrated by the fact that not a single Pakistani bowler is present in the top 20 in the latest ICC ODI rankings for bowlers.
Hero of the victorious Champions Trophy campaign, Hasan Ali has had a major slump in form in the past couple of years as he is placed at the 26th position. The next best Pakistani bowlers include Imad Wasim at 28th and Shadab Khan at 29th positions respectively.
While the batting-friendly conditions in England and Wales bear ominous signs for all bowlers, the dire state of Pakistan’s bowling, signified by the rankings, shows a grimmer outlook.