Cricket fever has reached its zenith these days as the biggest event in the world of this sport is just round the corner. The ICC Cricket World Cup is organized in every four years in which the winning team takes the trophy home.
This year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has chosen England as the host for the tournament.
Pakistan Cricket Team Squad Announced For World Cup 2019
The names of 15 players have already been chosen as part of the Pakistan Cricket Team Squad for World Cup 2019. Here we will further learn about the skills, expertise and past performances of these players.
Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan (Captain)
Sarfaraz Ahmed, a wicketkeeper-batsman, plays international cricket for Pakistan. In 2006, the Under-19 Cricket World Cup was won under his captaincy. Almost two years later in 2008, then PCB Chief Selector Abdul Qadir selected Safaraz to play for Pakistan as an international cricketer for the very first time.
He was tapped as captain for ODI cricket matches in 2017. Since then, he has led the green shirts as a captain in many ODI matches played on the national and international soil. This year, Safaraz has been selected the captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team Squad for World Cup 2019 yet again.
Fakhar Zaman is a Pakistani cricketer who started his career as an international player in the year 2017 while competing against West Indies. He is a left-handed batsman and also plays as a part-time slow left-armer.
Fakhar Zaman performed extremely well and scored 252 runs in just four matches. Based on his cricketing skills, he has been given an important spot in Pakistan Cricket Team Squad for World Cup 2019.
Imam-ul-Haq is the nephew of Inzamam-Ul-Haq, who is a former cricketer and the chief selector of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) these days. Imam-Ul-Haq is a left-handed player who performs well on the field and is famous for his stroke-play. He scored a whopping 237 runs in six innings while playing in U-19 Tri-Series tournament held in England.
Imam-ul-Haq started his international career in October 2017 while appearing in the series against Sri Lanka. For World Cup 2019, Imam-ul-Haq has been included in Pakistan’s 15-member Cricket Team Squad.
Asif Ali is a right-handed batsman who performs for Pakistan in the international grounds. He started out his cricketing career as a domestic cricket. While playing in Punjab tournament, he scored a total of 328 runs in four matches.
His international career began in 2018, when he was named in the Pakistani squad for a T20 series against West Indies. Recently, Asif Ali has been included in the Pakistan Cricket Team Squad for World Cup 2019.
Babar Azam is a famous Pakistani Cricketer who plays in all three formats of international cricket: Tests, One Day Internationals and Twenty 20 Internationals. He started his international career in 2015 when he was made a part of the Pakistan Cricket Team Squad for ODI series against Zimbabwe.
Babar is known for holding two records in International cricket: one is for scoring most runs in first 25 ODI cricket matches and the other is for scoring three centuries consecutively in ODI matches against West Indies. His extraordinary talents have made him a part of World Cup 2019 Pakistan Cricket Team Squad.
Being a teenager, Shaheen Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer who has gained skills, fame and success at a very early age. He is a tall fast bowler who debuted as an international cricketer in 2018. At the time, he was included in Pakistan’s T20I Squad who was playing against West Indies.
The raw pace with which he bowls makes him popular among cricket fans. Due to his noticeable bowling performances, he has been named in Pakistan Cricket Team Squad for World Cup this year.
Hasan Ali is a fast bowler and a very famous Pakistani Cricketer. He is best known for the variations he brings in his bowling pace, making him a threat for the batsmen. Over three years ago, he was added to the Pakistani ODI Squad in a series against England and Ireland.
In the ICC Champions Trophy, Hassan took 13 wickets in five matches and led the bowling chart. He is known as a world-class fast bowler due to his prolific performances in international cricket. Hasan Ali has now been included in the 15-member Pakistan Squad for ICC World Cup 2019.
Known as one of the best performing fast bowlers, Mohammad Amir enjoys a huge fan base in Pakistan. He started his career as an international cricketer in 2009 while playing as a part of Pakistani Squad for T20 Cricket World Cup.
On the basis of some charges, his cricket career remained suspended for a few years. However, he is back in action as a part of our National Cricket Team Squad for the 2019 World Cup.
Muhammad Hasnain is a fast bowler who participated in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2018-19, making his first-class debut. His international career kicked off in March 2019 when he was added to the Pakistani cricketers’ squad in a series against Australia.
It was during this tournament he shot to fame on an international level. His ability to bowl at 150kph caught the world’s eye, including the PCB.
His passion for the sport landed his name in the list of fifteen cricketers who will represent Pakistan in World Cup 2019.
The name of Wahab Riaz is counted among the top performing Pakistani Cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a left-arm fast bowler. Wahab Riaz debuted in his international career in 2008 while performing against Zimbabwe in an ODI series.
Wahab Riaz left the crowd in awe by giving an amazing all round performance in ICC World Cup 2015. This skillful cricketer has been made a part of 15-member squad performing on behalf of Pakistan in Cricket World Cup 2019.
Shadab Khan is an all-rounder who has incredible bowling skills. He is an emerging talent who has shown impressive performances on both national and international cricket grounds.
Shadab Khan made his international cricketing debut in March 2017 while playing a T20 cricket match against West Indies. In the following month, his name was also added in Pakistani squad playing Test and ODI series against West Indies.
He was suffering from an ailment from the last couple of months but now he is absolutely fit and has been included in 15-member Pakistani Cricket Squad for World Cup 2019.
Imad Wasim is a slow left-arm bowler and an all-rounder. He began his international career as a T20I cricketer in a series against West Indies organized in Lahore in 2015. His remarkable performance in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 made Pakistan reach a whopping total of 338 runs against India.
His remarkable performance in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 made Pakistan reach a whopping total of 338 runs against India.
In March 2019, Imad also got a chance to lead the green shirts as a captain for a single ODI cricket match against Australia. Imad Wasim has also been included in Pakistan’s Cricket Team announced for World Cup 2019.
The former captain of the Pakistani cricket team and a famous all-rounder, Shoaib Malik is a well-experienced international cricketer. In 2001, he made his international cricketing debut by appearing in an ODI against West Indies.
After the resignation of Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik hold the charge of the captaincy of green shirts in 2007. However his tenure of captaincy lasted for only two years and in 2009, Younis Khan took over as captain. Shoaib Malik is one of the fifteen cricketers who has been chosen to perform in ICC World Cup.
Muhammad Hafeez is recognized as one of the best performing all-rounders in international cricket. He usually appears on the field as an opening batsman.
Hafeez started his career as an international cricketer in the early 2000s but was dropped out for some reason. However, he made a comeback in 2010 as an ICC World T20 squad.
Muhammad Hafeez good performances as an all-rounded have effectively supported Pakistan in the international cricket grounds. This year, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has put his name in the ICC World Cup squad.
Playing as a middle-order left-handed batsman, Haris Sohail is a young and talented Pakistani Cricketer. He has performed remarkably well in domestic cricket. He kicked off his career as an international player in an ODI against West Indies in 2013.
Haris also plays Test cricket and made his debut as an international Test cricketer in September 2017 against Sri Lanka. Currently, he has been picked and sent to England by PCB along with the rest of the Pakistani Cricket Team to take part in World Cup 2019.
Have you come across the name of your favourite player in the list above? Are you excited for the tournament? Well, the green shirts are all set to give their best shot in the World Cup.
For die-hard cricket fans out there, here is the complete list of matches for Pakistan scheduled for the ICC World Cup 2019.
*Pictures of Players have been taken from Cricbuzz, CricInfo and ICC Official Website.