Pakistan announce 18-member ICC World Cup 2023 squad
The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled to be held in India from Oct 5
LAHORE (Dunya News) – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the squad for the upcoming World Cup 2023 on Friday.
Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq announced the 18-member squad at a press conference. He said Babar Azam would lead the team and Shadab Khan would be vice captain.
The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled to be held in India from Oct 5 and Pakistan will play its first match against the Netherlands on Oct 6.
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imamul Haq, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Muhammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Muhammad Wasim Jr., Hasan Ali, Saud Shakeel, Salman Agha and Osama Mir.
Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed and Zaman Khan
Naseem Shah, who is not part of the World Cup 2023 squad expressed his dismay through his Tweet.
Taking to X (formerly known as Twitter), Shah mentioned that “With a heavy heart, I'm sharing that I will not be part of this amazing team that will be representing our beloved country. While I'm disappointed, I believe everything is in Allah's hands. InshahAllah will be on the field very soon.”
With a heavy heart, I'm sharing that I will not be part of this amazing team that will be representing our beloved country. While I'm disappointed, I believe everything is in Allah's hands. InshahAllah will be on the field very soon.— Naseem Shah (@iNaseemShah) September 22, 2023
Thank you to all my fans for the prayers!
Meanwhile the Pakistan Cricket Board has released the video of national cricket team.
Adam Gilchrist names Pakistan among four favourite teams
Legendary cricketer Adam Gilchrist has named Pakistan among his four favourite teams in the upcoming ICC Men’s World Cup 2023, which is set to begin from October 5 in India.
The Australian cricket commentator revealed his favourite team in an interview with an Indian media outlet. He predicted that India, Pakistan, Australia, and England would qualify for the semi-final round of the world cup.
"I think India and Pakistan could feature in the semi-finals, Australia and England are another two teams," Gilchrist replied to a question
Highlighting the India’s recent performance in the Asia Cup 2023, he said the Team Blue was in great form.
However, Pakistan displayed exception performance in group stage matches and remained unbeaten. However, the team suffered back to back setbacks in Super Four stage when they were defeated by Sri Lanka India, throwing them out of the Asia Cup final race.
The former Australian skipper hoped that the Team Green would make efforts to make a strong comeback in the mega event.