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The next 50 overs of Cricket World Cup 2023 will be the 13th edition of World Cup Cricket and will be played entirely in India. This will be the first time that India will be hosting the Cup solely, as in previous editions, they acted as joint hosts. This tournament will have 10 teams fighting for the beautiful trophy as ODI World Cup 2023 final will be played on 26 November.
Pakistan might boycott World Cup 2023
Pakistan is likely to boycott the ODI World Cup 2023 in India due to the political statement of Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, that,
“India won’t travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup next year and will instead push for a neutral venue.”
Despite the concerns over Pakistan travelling to India for the ODI World Cup 2023, Pakistan should keep an eye on the preparation of the mage event.
The reliable openers of team Pakistan, Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman, should be the first choice combination of the mega event. Shan Masood and Abdullah Shafiq are the other two openers which should also be considered as backup openers in the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023. Babar Azam, without any doubt, will play at number three.
Pakistan’s middle order remains in the news due to a lack of consistency in 50 overs matches. The first choice slots of the mega event will consist of Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman and Khushdil Shah. Haris Sohail and Ifthikhar Ahmad are the other contenders for the upcoming ODI WC 2023.
As the next ODI World Cup will be played in India so pitches would be spinners friendly. So without any doubt, spinners will be played a huge role in the next ODI World Cup 2023. So, team Pakistan will be preferred more spinners in these conditions. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz are Pakistan’s first-choice spinners in the plying IX. Usman Qadir and Mohammad Zahid are the contestants of the contest.
As Pakistan is always known as a “Production factory of Fast bowlers” there are so many options for team Pakistan, especially in these conditions which demand pace bowlers. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah and Mohammad Wasim Jnr would be the first-choice bowlers in the mage event squad. The other candidates for the World Cup 2023 are Shahnawaz Dahani and Mohammad Hasnain.
Final Probable Squad of ODI World Cup 2023
- Fakhar Zaman
- Shan Masood
- Abdullah Shafique
- Babar Azam (c)
- Haris Sohail
- Khushdil Shah
- Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
- Mohammad Haris
- Shadab Khan
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Agha Salman
- Iftikhar Ahmed
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Naseem Shah
- Haris Rauf
- Mohammad Wasim Jnr
- Shahnawaz Dahani
- Mohammad Zahid
- Mohammad Hasnain