Babar Azam closes in on another record ahead of ICC World Cup 2023

He is one of the best batters in the world

By Web Desk
September 28, 2023
Babar Azam plays a shot. - AFP

Pakistan captain Babar Azam is closing in on another record with the ICC World Cup 2023 just around the corner.

The prolific batter has 19 ODI hundreds in his career, so far, in 105 innings at an average of 58.16.

If Babar scores two more centuries during the mega event, he will go past Saeed Anwar’s mark of 20 ODI tons — which is the most for Pakistan in the 50-over format.

Most hundreds for Pakistan in ODI cricket

Name HundredsInnings
Saeed Anwar 
Babar Azam19105
Mohammad Yousuf15267
Mohammad Hafeez11216
Fakhar Zaman1077

It must be noted that the Pakistan team took part in a training session at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, on Thursday.

This was Pakistan’s first training session after arriving on Indian shores for the ICC World Cup 2023.

Majority of the Pakistan players took part in the session, which included Babar, Shaheen Afridi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali.

The Pakistan men's cricket team landed in Hyderabad, India, on Wednesday from Dubai to participate in the mega event.

On Monday, after a long delay, India finally issued visas to the Pakistan team ending uncertainty surrounding Pakistan's participation in the tournament.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) complaining about a visa delay which, it said, had disrupted the team's preparation for the mega event across the border.

Pakistan will play two warm-up matches before beginning their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on October 6.

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are set to clash in a mouth-watering October 14 contest in Ahmedabad.

Pakistan squad for ICC World Cup 2023

Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, 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.

Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan.

Schedule of Pakistan's warm-up matches:

September 29 — vs New Zealand in Hyderabad

October 3 — vs Australia in Hyderabad

Pakistan's schedule for the ICC World Cup 2023:

October 6 — vs Netherlands in Hyderabad

October 10 — vs Sri Lanka in Hyderabad

October 14 — vs India in Ahmedabad

October 20 — vs Australia in Bengaluru

October 23 — vs Afghanistan in Chennai

October 27 — vs South Africa in Chennai

October 31 — vs Bangladesh in Kolkata

November 4 — vs New Zealand Bengaluru (Day match)

November 11 — vs England in Kolkata

The day matches which will start at 10:00am Pakistan Standard Time (PST) while all other matches will be day-night fixtures starting at 01:30pm (PST).

If Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals, they will play in Kolkata.

If India qualify for the semi-finals, they will play in Mumbai unless playing against Pakistan, in which case they will play in Kolkata.