On Friday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced its 18-player lineup for the highly anticipated Pakistan’s ICC 2023 squad. Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq made the revelation during a press conference.
Key Team Updates
Inzamam brought attention to the evolving nature of the squad for the upcoming World Cup. Regrettably, an injury to Naseem Shah led to some reshuffling. However, he was quick to reassure fans that, despite recent injuries during the Asia Cup, all players are in peak form and raring to go.
Haris Rauf’s recovery was another focal point, with Inzamam confirming his return to practice sessions at the National Cricket Academy, making him available for selection once more.
Inzamam’s Trust in the Selected Players
With the utmost confidence, Inzamam expressed his belief that Pakistan’s ICC 2023 squad has what it takes to clinch the trophy. He further appealed to the nation, stressing the need for unwavering support for the players during this crucial time.
Players representing Pakistan
Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), M Wasim Jnr, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Usama Mir.
Reserves: Mohammad Haris, Zaman Khan, and Abrar Ahmed
The upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, scheduled in India, will feature 10 teams vying for the championship across 10 venues from October 5 to November 19. The iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host both the opener and the grand finale.
The tournament will be structured in a round-robin format, meaning every team will play against each other, resulting in a total of 45 league matches. Following this phase, the best-performing four teams will advance to the semifinals. The first semifinal is set for November 15 in Mumbai and the second for November 16 in Kolkata. Additionally, backup days have been scheduled to accommodate any unforeseen disruptions.