Lahore, September 22, 2023: Upcoming Pakistan’s ICC World Cup Squad 2023, scheduled to be held in India in October and November, has been officially unveiled. The selection, led by Inzamam-ul-Haq and his national men’s selection committee, underscores the importance of consistency and confidence in the current set of players. Notably, only one change has been made to the squad that competed in the recent Men’s ODI Asia Cup 2023, and an injury necessitated this alteration.
Injury Forces Change
Fast bowler Naseem Shah, who sustained a shoulder injury during a match against India on September 11th in the Asia Cup, has been replaced by Hasan Ali. Medical experts thoroughly assessed Naseem’s injury, leading to consultations that recommended surgery. It is expected that he will need approximately three to four months for recovery.
Meet the Pakistan Squad
The Pakistan squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup comprises 15 talented players:
- Babar Azam (Captain)
- Shadab Khan (Vice-Captain)
- Abdullah Shafique
- Fakhar Zaman
- Haris Rauf
- Hasan Ali
- Iftikhar Ahmed
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Mohammad Rizwan (Wicketkeeper)
- Mohammad Wasim Jnr
- Salman Ali Agha
- Saud Shakeel
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Usama Mir
- Traveling Reserves
- The selectors have also designated three traveling reserves:
- Mohammad Haris (Wicketkeeper-Batter)
- Abrar Ahmed (Mystery Spinner)
- Zaman Khan (Fast Bowler)
- Inzamam-ul-Haq’s Confidence
Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq expressed his confidence in the squad, stating, “The World Cup is the most significant event in any cricketer’s life, and I want to congratulate all the cricketers They have earned spots on the team thanks to their outstanding performances. This team has performed remarkably well over the last couple of years, and that’s why we have shown faith in the same group.”
Speaking about Naseem Shah’s unfortunate injury, Inzamam-ul-Haq added, “We were compelled to make one change due to Naseem Shah’s unfortunate injury. While we had a few injury scares in the recent Asia Cup, I am glad to share that all the players are currently in good health and eagerly anticipate representing their country in the all-important tournament.”
He also provided an update on Haris Rauf’s recovery, saying, “I have received encouraging reports from our medical panel regarding Haris Rauf. He has commenced bowling at the National Cricket Academy and will soon be available for selection.”
Aiming for Glory
Inzamam-ul-Haq concluded by expressing his belief in the squad’s potential, stating, “I firmly believe that this squad can bring the World Cup trophy to Pakistan and make the entire nation proud with their incredible performances. It’s time for all of us to rally behind our team and offer the backing and support they require.”
Pakistan will play two warm-up matches, the first against New Zealand on September 29th, and the second against Australia on October 3rd, before their tournament opener against the Netherlands on October 6th.
Pakistan’s Strong Position
Babar Azam’s side enters the mega-event as the number one ranked team with the best win/loss ratio (2.400) in this World Cup cycle among all One-Day International format teams.
Pakistan has a rich history in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, having achieved their best result by clinching victory in the 1992 edition when they emerged triumphant over England at the MCG. The team also reached the final in the 1999 edition and the semi-finals in 1979, 1983, 1987, and 2011.
As anticipation builds for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, cricket enthusiasts around the world are keen to see how Pakistan’s talented squad will fare on the grand stage. The team’s recent track record, coupled with the fresh enthusiasm brought by emerging talents, has created a sense of excitement and expectation among fans and experts alike.
Tournament holds a special place
The tournament holds a special place in the hearts of cricket fans, and Pakistan’s journey promises to be closely watched. Babar Azam, leading the side as captain, has been in exceptional form, and his leadership will be crucial to Pakistan’s success in the competition.
Looking ahead, the warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia will provide an excellent opportunity for the team to fine-tune their skills and strategies before the official tournament commences. These matches will also be a chance for the traveling reserves, Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, and Zaman Khan, to showcase their abilities and be ready to step in if needed.
Pakistan’s journey in the World Cup is filled with memorable moments, including their iconic victory in 1992. Fans hope to witness similar historic feats in the upcoming tournament. The team’s blend of experienced players and promising youngsters adds depth and balance to their lineup, making them a formidable contender for the coveted title.
The support of the nation will be crucial for Pakistan’s success in the World Cup. Cricket-loving Pakistanis are known for their unwavering passion and dedication, and this tournament presents an opportunity for the entire nation to come together and rally behind their team.
As the World Cup draws nearer, the excitement continues to build, and cricket fans worldwide eagerly await the start of this prestigious event. Pakistan’s journey promises to be one filled with excitement, challenges, and the potential for triumph, and it will undoubtedly be a tournament to remember.
Pakistan’s squad is poised for success in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, and cricket fans worldwide eagerly await their performance on the grand stage.