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Which 15 players would "realistically" be picked to win Pakistan the upcoming world cup? What would be your best 11?

Don't ignore the latest development about Imad and Amir coming out of retirement and Shaheen on the brink of losing captaincy.
 

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1 saim
2 M Haris
3 babar
4 Salman Ali Agha
5 Shadab khan (C)
6 Don Ifti
7 Imad Wasim
8 Arafat Minhas/Jamal
9 Shaheen
10 Naseem
11 M Amir

Gives us plenty of options for bowling and play one of Ameer Jamal or Arafat minhas depending if we need a spinner or fast bowler considering Imad is not that great of a spinner we should play Arafat minhas

the recent death bowling hole will be fixed by Amir and a Naseem both are smart bowlers and capable enough

It hasn’t happened yet, but Saim Ayub and Mohammad Haris really should be Pakistan’s T20I openers. A dynamic left-hander partnered with a destructive powerplay basher could help Pakistan get a much-needed strong start in powerplays. In the Caribbean, this sometimes becomes even more important because scoring in the middle overs against spin can be very challenging.

I don’t really understand what is Wahab’s problem with Haris he “rested” him when he didn’t play in the whole Asia cup, and World Cup.He needs to be playing more

Ideally, only one of Babar and Rizwan should be in the playing XI, and they must be accommodated at number 3.Rizwans Terrible performance in BPL and PSL shouldn’t warrant him a place in the team
He batted at a strike rate of 122 in the PSL.In 5 BPL games, he played only 1 innings with an SR of greater than 100. BPL has slow conditions and is not made for batting at a great strike rate. 11 batters have faced 100+ balls in BPL at the top 3 positions; Mohammad Rizwan’s 82.3 strike rate is the worst among them.

The required skillset of a number 4 T20 batter is primarily to be a good spin hitter, and Salman Ali Agha fits the bill he is the best player of spin in whole of Pakistan and played with a strike rate of 140 which is commendable

Another option for that is Fakhar Zamam, which I don’t agree with. However, the team has done this before and can surely do it again. Fakhar’s numbers against spinners aren’t bad, but he mostly faces spin after getting set as an opener. Facing spin starting at Number 4 is an entirely different prospect.

This table shows that Fakhar has found it difficult to score against spinners at the start of his innings; once set, he goes berserk against them. He might not be the ideal candidate for number 4. The innings against Australia in the World Cup semi-final, although it came at number 3, shows this. Despite coming in at the 10-over mark, Fakhar scored just 6 runs off 7 balls against Zampa and Maxwell and had a strike rate of over 200 against Hazlewood and Starc, who he took on at the death.

Azam khan is a good option but , the problem is he is yet to perform in T20Is. One of the reasons behind that could be that he has not gotten consistent chances in T20Is; he recently spoke about this, mentioning how he has never played more than three games without being dropped. Batting in the middle-order is already a risky job in T20s, and when you don’t give a player consistent chances and keep dropping him every time he is selected after 2-3 games, you are setting him up for failure.

Shadab is still a strong batter against spin, probably Pakistan’s best after Azam Khan and salman Agha. He had a Great PSL and got POTM With the balance that Shadab provides between pace hitting and spin hitting, he should be slotted in at number 5.

Imad Wasim had a great 2023 in T20s, both leagues and internationals.. He would be ideal for the number 7

Bench
12 M rizwan
13 Haseebullah
14 Abrar Ahmad
15 Ameer Jamal

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1 Abbas Afridi
2 Fakhar Zaman
3 Mehran Mumtaz
 

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Playing XI

Saim Ayub
Mohammad Rizwan (c)
Babar Azam
Usman Khan
Shadab Khan
Mohammad Haris/Salman Agha
Imad Wasim
Shaheen Afridi
Naseem Shah
Abrar Ahmed
Zaman Khan

Reserves

Mohammad Haris/Salman Agha
Azam Khan
Fakhar Zaman
Haris Rauf
Mohammad Amir
 

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I will tell you what will be the 15 men squad for WC:

Rizwan (C)
Babar
Saim
Fakhar
M. Haris
Iftikhar
Agha
Shadab
Imad
Abrar
Shaheen
Naseem
Rauf
Amir
Zaman Khan

Out of this squad my playing XI would be:

Saim
Rizwan
Babar
Fakhar
Iftikhar
Imad
Shadab
Shaheen
Naseem
Rauf/Amir
Abrar
 
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Might as well hand the trophy over to us if we pick this wehshi team.

Babar
Saim
Usman
Fakhar
Haider
Iftikhar

Rizwan
Azam

Shadab
Imad

Abrar
Rauf
Shaheen
Naseem
Zaman/Wasim Jr
 
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Might as well hand the trophy over to us if we pick this wehshi team.

Babar
Saim
Usman
Fakhar
Haider
Iftikhar

Rizwan
Azam

Shadab
Imad

Abrar
Rauf
Shaheen
Naseem
Zaman/Wasim Jr
RUAF OVER AMIR????? WTF
 

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Mohammad Haris has loads of potential but just isn't reliable enough. Just a walking wicket especially on those spongy wickets in the Caribbean.
 

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Already have new ball bowlers in Hairs and Naseem. Amir isn't needed.
Naseem and Amir will be better than Naseem and Ruaf. Ruaf is a far worse M sami both dont have a brain we need players who are smart and have a brain unlike RUAF
 

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Naseem and Amir will be better than Naseem and Ruaf. Ruaf is a far worse M sami both dont have a brain we need players who are smart and have a brain unlike RUAF
I meant Shaheen and Naseem man, wrote Haris by mistake lol.

I guess we can have Amir come in place of Wasim Jr only because he has experience of playing in the CPL.
 

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Might as well hand the trophy over to us if we pick this wehshi team.

Babar
Saim
Usman
Fakhar
Haider
Iftikhar

Rizwan
Azam

Shadab
Imad

Abrar
Rauf
Shaheen
Naseem
Zaman/Wasim Jr
Haider based on 1 good inning in which he was dropped is crazy and Ifti cant play on those pitches, rather go with Haris/Agha
 

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Haider based on 1 good inning in which he was dropped is crazy and Ifti cant play on those pitches, rather go with Haris/Agha
Haris has done nothing to deserve a call up tbh. Plus these guys only work in the top order where we have no open spots.

Haider as a lower order tulla is worth a gamble in case Azam and Ifti fail to deliver..
 

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1 saim
2 M Haris
3 babar
4 Salman Ali Agha
5 Shadab khan (C)
6 Don Ifti
7 Imad Wasim
8 Arafat Minhas/Jamal
9 Shaheen
10 Naseem
11 M Amir

Gives us plenty of options for bowling and play one of Ameer Jamal or Arafat minhas depending if we need a spinner or fast bowler considering Imad is not that great of a spinner we should play Arafat minhas

the recent death bowling hole will be fixed by Amir and a Naseem both are smart bowlers and capable enough

It hasn’t happened yet, but Saim Ayub and Mohammad Haris really should be Pakistan’s T20I openers. A dynamic left-hander partnered with a destructive powerplay basher could help Pakistan get a much-needed strong start in powerplays. In the Caribbean, this sometimes becomes even more important because scoring in the middle overs against spin can be very challenging.

I don’t really understand what is Wahab’s problem with Haris he “rested” him when he didn’t play in the whole Asia cup, and World Cup.He needs to be playing more

Ideally, only one of Babar and Rizwan should be in the playing XI, and they must be accommodated at number 3.Rizwans Terrible performance in BPL and PSL shouldn’t warrant him a place in the team
He batted at a strike rate of 122 in the PSL.In 5 BPL games, he played only 1 innings with an SR of greater than 100. BPL has slow conditions and is not made for batting at a great strike rate. 11 batters have faced 100+ balls in BPL at the top 3 positions; Mohammad Rizwan’s 82.3 strike rate is the worst among them.

The required skillset of a number 4 T20 batter is primarily to be a good spin hitter, and Salman Ali Agha fits the bill he is the best player of spin in whole of Pakistan and played with a strike rate of 140 which is commendable

Another option for that is Fakhar Zamam, which I don’t agree with. However, the team has done this before and can surely do it again. Fakhar’s numbers against spinners aren’t bad, but he mostly faces spin after getting set as an opener. Facing spin starting at Number 4 is an entirely different prospect.

This table shows that Fakhar has found it difficult to score against spinners at the start of his innings; once set, he goes berserk against them. He might not be the ideal candidate for number 4. The innings against Australia in the World Cup semi-final, although it came at number 3, shows this. Despite coming in at the 10-over mark, Fakhar scored just 6 runs off 7 balls against Zampa and Maxwell and had a strike rate of over 200 against Hazlewood and Starc, who he took on at the death.

Azam khan is a good option but , the problem is he is yet to perform in T20Is. One of the reasons behind that could be that he has not gotten consistent chances in T20Is; he recently spoke about this, mentioning how he has never played more than three games without being dropped. Batting in the middle-order is already a risky job in T20s, and when you don’t give a player consistent chances and keep dropping him every time he is selected after 2-3 games, you are setting him up for failure.

Shadab is still a strong batter against spin, probably Pakistan’s best after Azam Khan and salman Agha. He had a Great PSL and got POTM With the balance that Shadab provides between pace hitting and spin hitting, he should be slotted in at number 5.

Imad Wasim had a great 2023 in T20s, both leagues and internationals.. He would be ideal for the number 7

Bench
12 M rizwan
13 Haseebullah
14 Abrar Ahmad
15 Ameer Jamal

Reserves
1 Abbas Afridi
2 Fakhar Zaman
3 Mehran Mumtaz
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Lowes order hitters are our biggest weakness. I honestly don't see any great options.

Haider is a wildcard who could workout in that role.
 

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Lowes order hitters are our biggest weakness. I honestly don't see any great options.

Haider is a wildcard who could workout in that role.
I rate irfan khan niazi higher plus a gun fielder
 

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  1. Babar
  2. Rizwan
  3. Abdullah
  4. Fakhar
  5. Agha Salman
  6. Iftikhar
  7. Imad Wasim
  8. Shadab
  9. Naseem Shah
  10. Mohammad Amir
  11. Zaman Khan
Bench:

  1. Saim Ayub
  2. Abrar Ahmed
  3. Azam Khan
  4. Khwaja Nafay
  5. Hasan Ali

ps: we won’t win

ps: shaheen gave his position for Amir. Thats the only way Amir is getting picked.

ps: Rizwan is captain
 

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u guys need to stop this obsession over Haris. He has not proven anything and do not warrant a selection
 

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  1. Babar
  2. Rizwan
  3. Abdullah
  4. Fakhar
  5. Agha Salman
  6. Iftikhar
  7. Imad Wasim
  8. Shadab
  9. Naseem Shah
  10. Mohammad Amir
  11. Zaman Khan
Bench:

  1. Saim Ayub
  2. Abrar Ahmed
  3. Azam Khan
  4. Khwaja Nafay
  5. Hasan Ali

ps: we won’t win

ps: shaheen gave his position for Amir. Thats the only way Amir is getting picked.

ps: Rizwan is captain
Babar
Rizwan
Abdullah
Agha Salman

Nice Test match lineup you got there.
 

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Guess which opening pair has the most 100 run opening partnerships in PSL history.
you need to stop making PSL the benchmark for everything. PSL cricket quality is minnow level.

Babar and Rizwan have been the most successful opening pair in T20 history and yet this pair got broken apart. Look how horrible Pakistan have done since Babar stopped opening
 

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Haris has done nothing to deserve a call up tbh. Plus these guys only work in the top order where we have no open spots.

Haider as a lower order tulla is worth a gamble in case Azam and Ifti fail to deliver..
Tbh he was wrongfully dropped from the national side. Even though he’s been woefully out of form I’d still back him.
 

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Tbh he was wrongfully dropped from the national side. Even though he’s been woefully out of form I’d still back him.
Thoughts about Haider as a lower order slogger though? I can feel you warming up to that idea tbh.
 

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Saim
Rizwan
Babar
Shadab
Fakhar
Ifti
Imad
Shaheen
Naseem
Zaman Khan
Abrar

Bench:

Azam Khan
Usman Khan
Abbas Afridi
Haris Rauf

No fixer please
 

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you need to stop making PSL the benchmark for everything. PSL cricket quality is minnow level.

Babar and Rizwan have been the most successful opening pair in T20 history and yet this pair got broken apart. Look how horrible Pakistan have done since Babar stopped opening
Saim can't be ignored anymore tbh. Too talented.

One of Riz or Baber coming in #3 isn't the end of the world. Those guys are good enough to adapt.
 

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Saim
Babar
Rizwan
Usman
Haider
Ifti/Azam
Shadab
Imad....


Something like this ^
Don’t think Haider is needed if you’re playing Usman and Azam especially on the slower surfaces. Also I can’t see Rizwan batting anywhere other than opening.
 

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Not many who can hit as clean as this. Our lower order has been an issue for far too long. We need someone explosive.



Bro he literally hit one shot over & over again. On International level bowlers won't feed him that line.
 
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Don’t think Haider is needed if you’re playing Usman and Azam especially on the slower surfaces. Also I can’t see Rizwan batting anywhere other than opening.
Need firepower bro you can't compete with the world with an army of accumulators like Agha Jobber.
 

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Not many who can hit as clean as this. Our lower order has been an issue for far too long. We need someone explosive.


C’mon man that’s just poor bowling more than anything…credit to him for executing here but international bowlers won’t give him many freebies
 

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Bro he literally hit one shot over & over again. On International level bowlers won't feed him that line.

C’mon man that’s just poor bowling more than anything…credit to him for executing here but international bowlers won’t give him many freebies
That might be true but I'm really struggling to think of a good lower order explosive option. Likes of Khushdil and Asif Ali have been very disappointing.

We always end up falling short because we only have Ifti who can accelerate in the end. Need to try someone new.
 

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