There are a few days left to announce the World Cup final team. However, Pakistan has created a 23-member squad for the world's biggest cricket tournament. On Thursday night, Coach Mickey Arthur consulted the Injamam-ul-Haq-led selectors committee to announce the preliminary team of the World Cup. The team of 15 players will be finalized with the selection of 23 players from the announced team. As always, the Pakistan team announced the surprise of the fans.
But surprisingly not because of the inclusion of players in the team, but due to the skeptics being overlooked in international cricket. Left-hander Umar Akmal has been dropped from the squad for the recent Australia series. But the bigger news than Akmal's dismissal is the knock of left-handed paceman Wahab Riaz. In the last few months, Wahab has set fire to the ball in different franchise T20 league. In the last World Cup, the fastest bowler in the world had a great ball, this fast pace bowler. However, the selectors have not considered him in the squad for this year's edition.
Apart from the recently concluded PSL's performance in bat, he was not considered for the team but the right-hander attacking batsman Ahmed Shehzad was not considered for the team. Opening batsman Shehzad has made an impressive debut against Australia against Australia opener Abid Ali, Right-handed batsman Asif Ali, who was dropped from the team due to off-form a few days back, has another chance to prove himself. Left-handed batsman Harish Sohel and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan have been included in the squad for the side against Australia.
Wahab Riaz, who missed the bowling attack, has survived even if he has to find himself lost Mohammed Amir And recently, the team has got the chance to play regular bowlers as well as the new Sensation Mohammed Hasnain and Duran perform in a fast performance in Mohammad Abbas. Although there is fear of fitness, the names of experienced Mohammad Hafeez and pacer Junaid Khan are also announced in the squad.
The 23-member team will have a fitness test on April 15 and 16 at the National Cricket Academy of Lahore. The PCB will announce the 15-member final squad for the fitness test. Pakistan have a few ODIs before the World Cup. Besides, some preparatory matches will be played before the start of the tournament, while the 1992 World Cup winning team will play.
Pakistan's primary squad
Sarfaraz Ahmed, Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohel, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shahin-Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan Shenwari and Yasir Shah.