Does Wasim want ‘AI’ to select Pakistan’s World Cup squad?

Pakistan are yet to announce their World Cup squad

By Web Desk
September 20, 2023
Muhammad Wasim served as Pakistan's cheif selector from 2021-2022 - PCB

Pakistan's cricket fans and former players are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 squad, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has yet to reveal the lineup, leaving many curious about potential changes from the Asia Cup 2023.

Adding to the intrigue, former chief selector Muhammad Wasim recently posted a cryptic message on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter). 

This enigmatic post has ignited a spirited debate among netizens, with many speculating that Wasim took a dig at squad selection.

Remember, the poor performance of the Pakistan cricket team in the Asia Cup 2023 has made it difficult for selectors to name a 15-man squad for the much-anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

The subpar display by several players has raised difficulties for Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and Captain Babar Azam as both now believe that the changes in the squad are necessary.

While the two are busy finalising the squad for the mega event, the Team’s Director Mickey Arthur remains engaged in county cricket in England and is nowhere to be seen in this entire selection process.

It is revealed that the case of Mohammad Haris, Wasim Junior, Usama Mir and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has weakened following the team's mediocre performance in the Asian event.

Meanwhile, the names of Hasan Ali and mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed are being discussed among the selection panel.

One thing that needs to be mentioned is that despite being out-of-form for a long time, vice-captain Shadab Khan and left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman’s place for the World Cup is secured even though there have been concerns regarding their form.

It must be noted that Pakistan were knocked out of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 after back-to-back losses against India and Sri Lanka in the Super 4 stage of the tournament.