Cricket World Cup Team Preview: Pakistan duo set for final hurrah
Number of previous appearances: 10
Last appearance: 2011
Best finish: Champions (1992)
2014 ODI record: Played 16, Won 10, Lost 6
First 3 fixtures: India, West Indies, Zimbabwe
Coach: Waqar Younis
Squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younus Khan.
Top runscorer: Ahmed Shehzad. The opening batsman was one of just two men to play in all of Pakistan’s ODIs in 2014 and topped their run-scoring charts for the year as a result. In truth though, Shehzad has been a very consistent performer since nailing down a spot in the side in 2013, scoring four of his six career centuries in that time, as well as all of his nine fifties.
Top wicket taker: Mohammad Irfan. Standing at 7ft 1″, Irfan will be the tallest bowler at the World Cup, but is far more than a novelty pick in Pakistan’s squad. The 32-year-old has only failed to take a wicket in an ODI twice in his last 16 appearances and has solid form of nine victims in his last five outings heading into the tournament.
Magic man: Shahid Afridi. As the owner of some of the fastest landmark knocks in the game with the bat and a devious leg spinner with the ball, Afridi is never far from the spotlight in any ODI. Despite his advancing years his ability to win games of his cricket on his own hasn’t dwindled, as he showed in the below highlights package from the recent 3rd ODI against New Zealand.
Pre-tournament storyline: Selection dramas are nothing new as far as the Pakistan Cricket Board are concerned, so rather than focus on the omission of in-form batsman Fawad Alam, the decisions of both Afridi and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to retire from ODI cricket after the tournament take centre stage.
Tournament odds: 10/1
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