KARACHI: The anticipation is building as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) prepares to announce 15-man squad tomorrow for the upcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in India.
According to sources close to the selection committee, 14 out of the 17 players from the Asia Cup squad are expected to retain their spots for the World Cup. However, two notable exclusions from the World Cup squad are likely to be Faheem Ashraf and Muhammad Haris. The wicketkeeper-batter could be in reserves alongside Abrar Ahmed.
In an expected change, Hasan Ali is likely to replace Naseem Shah in the 15-member World Cup squad. Naseem Shah suffered a shoulder injury at the Asia Cup 2023 and is expected to stay on the sidelines for a long period of time.
The core of Pakistan's World Cup squad is expected to feature skipper Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, and Imam-ul-Haq, offering a formidable top order. The squad will also include Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir and Haris Rauf.
Additionally, the squad will feature Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel and Salman Ali Agha.
Cricket enthusiasts and fans alike are eagerly awaiting the official announcement of Pakistan's World Cup squad, which is scheduled to be announced tomorrow by Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Pakistan's likely squad for World Cup:
Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jnr, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha.
Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed
On Wednesday evening, a meeting took place which was chaired by the Management Committee Chief Zaka Ashraf, with the National coaching staff headed by Mickey Arthur, captain Babar Azam, vice-captain Shadab Khan, and former captains Misbah ul Haq and Mohammad Hafeez to review Pakistan Men’s cricket team performance in the ACC Asia Cup 2023.
The meeting was also attended by men’s national coaching staff which includes head coach Grant Bradburn, batting coach Andrew Puttick and bowling coach Morne Morkel.