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As expected, Pakistan came up with surprising names on their squad list. They made a few shocking exclusions and added quite a few interesting players in their side. Meanwhile, the head coach Mickey Arthur reflects his thoughts on the squad and quoted that Babar Azam will be their match-winner.
Pakistan has always relied on Babar Azam, who can bat sensibly throughout the innings in 50-over matches. Speaking of the same, the head coach quoted that Babar Azam is going to carry high expectations, as he has been there best batsman in the ranks.
Babar Azam is so talented – Mickey Arthur
Over the years, Babar Azam has developed himself into a match-winner for Pakistan. He got the ingredients in him to deliver the goods on his day without fail irrespective of the conditions or the opposition bowling attack.
Our expectations are high from Babar Azam as he’s our best batsman,” said Arthur. “He is so talented, he is a batsman who gets the required scores,” Mickey Arthur quoted.
Shadab Khan is a wonderful cricketer:
Further, he went on to add saying that leg-spinner Shadab Khan is going to be their trump card in the tournament. Currently, he is suffering from Viral infection and was replaced by Yasir Shah for England series.
“As the buzz word nowadays goes, he’s ‘three-dimensional’. He plays a key role for us just outside the Powerplay. However, we have tried to cover with another wrist-spinner in Yasir Shah. Yasir is under no illusion that he has to challenge both the outside and inside edge of the bat. Our strategy will be to attack, we’re going to eye wickets. We have got all the bases covered.”
Mohammad Hafeez will bowl:
And also, he revealed that Hafeez will do an all-around duty for the team. Arthur is confident that the experienced campaigner will deliver the goods in the pressure-filled tournament that needs the experience of his game.
“Mohammad Hafeez will be available for us during the World Cup as an off-spinner too. We have faith in our team. All 15 of those players have the ability to win games. We have to bring all our capabilities to produce results in our favour.”
Well, it would be interesting to see how boys would react to Arthur during the tournament. The squad is more or less similar to the side that won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.