ICC World Cup 2023: Shahid Afridi names one player which is missing from Pakistan squad

The Green Shirts will begin their World Cup campaign on October 6

October 03, 2023
Shahid Afridi says that Zaman Khan should've been in the World Cup squad. — AFP

Former Pakistani all-rounder and captain Shahid Afridi stated on Tuesday that the Men in Green have a balanced ICC World Cup 2023 squad but it would have been better if they had the services of pacer Zaman Khan.

Afridi, who captained the Green Shirts in the 2011 World Cup, believed that it is Pakistan’s best chance to win the mega event because it is played in Asian conditions.

“If Pakistan cannot win the World Cup in Asian conditions, then where can they win it?” Afridi said. “Indian conditions are suitable for batters.”

“The team is balanced, only Zaman Khan’s selection is missing from the squad,” he added.

Afridi then went on to emphasise the importance of Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s vice-captain, and Usama Mir as he believes that both leg-spinners will be key for the Men in Green throughout their campaign.

“The performance of Shadab and Usama will be key. They need to start taking wickets in the middle overs. I’m hoping that Shadab will take wickets,” he said.

It must be noted that despite posting a colossal total of 345 in their first warm-up match against the Black Caps, Pakistan not only lost by wickets but New Zealand chased the target in just 43.4 overs courtesy of a subpar bowling display by the Green Shirts.

They will now take on Australia today before officially beginning their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on October 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

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.

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.

Atique ur Rehman is a senior reporter for Geo News.


    Khazir commented 2 months ago

    If it will be so best. It will be great.

      Zaman khan commented 2 months ago

      Zaman khan bots

    Ali hassan commented 2 months ago

    Pakistan Miss zaman khan

    Ali Hassan commented 2 months ago

    Pakistan miss zaman khan

    Pakistan miss mohammad Aamir y not in sued commented 2 months ago

    king mohammad Aamir is mising

    Saindina Rahooja commented 2 months ago

    yes Pakistan Paccer Zaman Khan is The better of Wassem junior

    Quaid Johar Dawson commented 2 months ago

    instead of fast bowler one all-rounder should be added in the team