Pakistan are set to begin their world cup campaign against West Indies on Friday. The team are considered one of the dark horses in the tournament. They possess one of the most dangerous bowling lineups in this World Cup edition.
On the other hand, West Indies are in the process of revival. The team is showing signs of good form and will try to make the most of this event. They stood firm against England in the home series and won the series quite authoritatively. So it will not be an easy game for Pakistan on Friday.
Ahead of the clash, the Pakistan management had decided to shortlist their 15-member squad. They announced the likely 12 players who will feature in their tournament opener against West Indies.
The missing three players are veteran all rounder Shoaib Malik, Shaheen Afridi and 19-year Mohammad Hasnain. This also means Mohammad Amir will be fit to play against West Indies. This will be a huge boost for the team as they are fears that their main strike bowler could be sidelined for certain days due to pox.
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Meanwhile, there has been a revival in West Indies cricket. They are playing a fearless brand of cricket. It was evident during England’s tour to Caribbean earlier this year. An in-form Chris Gayle is a massive boost for their prospects in this tournament.
With only 10 teams involved in this edition, the games will be tougher and harder. So West Indies are backing on their match winners to work together as a team and win games. Pakistan are considered one of the dark horses.
During the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, they were considered outsiders to win the tournament. But they fought relentlessly and scripted a historic win beating India in the final. The team will be hoping to give their best and see what happens in mid-July. On Friday, it remains another enticing fight between two big cricketing teams.
Pakistan’s 12-man squad vs West Indies: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez