Sarfaraz Ahmed's Pakistan enter the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as an unpredictable side despite their recent ODI series loss to hosts England.
Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan might have lost the ODI series against England despite some promising performances, but they still remain an unpredictable force in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The England-Pakistan series witnessed some high-scoring finishes, but despite some spectacular performances from the Pakistani batsmen like Imam-Ul-Haq and Babar Azam, the tourists were unable to cross the finish line as they were completely outplayed.
However, the trio of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Asif Ali were named replacements to Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Abid Ali after they endured a disappointing run in the ODIs against England.
Pakistan, though, have some promising talents in their squad. Teenager Shaheen Afridi finished the recently-concluded ODI series with six wickets, which included a spell of 4/82 in the final match.
Another young talent is that of the 20-year-old Shadab Khan – someone who has not enjoyed good spells but is known for making a mark in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, where he took four wickets in as many games.
Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman, too, showed some positive signs for the Pakistanis with a well-played knock of 138 against England in the second ODI, which however, went in vain.
Notably, Fakhar ended as Pakistan's top-scorer in their title-winning ICC Champions Trophy campaign as they beat India in the final.
Ahead of their tournament opener against West Indies on 31 May, here's all you need to know about their 15-man squad:
Sarfaraz Ahmed (Captain): Sarfaraz's batting form, leadership skills to play key role in showpiece event
Shoaib Malik: Old horse Malik's last chance to put hands on trophy
Mohammad Haznain: Despite inexperience, Hasnain the X-factor in team's attack
Mohammad Hafeez: Seasoned Mohammad Hafeez aim to guide young side in global event
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