akistan has revealed its squad for the upcoming events, making some unexpected choices. Saud Shakeel, who performed well in the Test series against Afghanistan, has earned an ODI call-up and may also be considered for the Asia Cup. Tayyab Tahir, who showcased his spin-playing skills in the Emerging Asia Cup, has also been included. Haris Sohail and Shan Masood have been dropped, while Faheem Ashraf has been given another chance despite his average performance. Ehsanullah has been replaced by Faheem. Exciting times ahead for Pakistan cricket!
Yesterday, Pakistan dominated the first ODI against Afghanistan in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, winning by 142 runs. Imam-ul-Haq’s impressive fifty and Haris Rauf’s five-wicket haul contributed to the victory. The next two matches will also take place in Hambantota on the 24th and 26th of August, leading up to the highly anticipated ODI World Cup and Asia Cup 2023. The series has become even more significant in preparation for these upcoming events.
Pakistan’s batting lineup appears to be well-settled with the inclusion of Agha Salman and Iftikhar Ahmed. The top four positions will be occupied by Imam, Fakhar, Babar, and Rizwan, who have proven themselves in this format. With Shadab and Nawaz in the lower order, Pakistan’s batting runs deep, allowing for an aggressive approach. The selection of young talent Muhammad Haris as wicket-keeper and batter puts Sarfraz Ahmed’s World Cup chances in doubt, as Haris brings power-hitting abilities to the team. It’s interesting to see Abdullah Shafiq chosen over the experienced Shan Masood, despite Abdullah’s lack of List A experience compared to Shan’s impressive record.
After the Afghanistan Series and the Asia Cup, the final fifteen players for the World Cup in India will likely be chosen from the 18 players selected for these tournaments. However, there is a chance for players like Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Shan Masood, and Sarfraz Ahmed to reclaim their spots if their competitors struggle in the upcoming matches.
Although Afghanistan has never defeated Pakistan in ODI cricket, the matches between the two teams have always been competitive and intense. Unfortunately, these contests have been marred by political and geopolitical tensions, leading to controversies and on-field altercations. As we approach the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup, it is hoped that the focus will be on the preparations for these mega events, without any controversies overshadowing the games.
Afghanistan cricket board is all set to up the moral of their team and citizens.
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