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Pakistan World Cup Squad and Players to Watch

Written by F Mirza on March 9th, 2007   (1,822 views)

Pakistani world cup squad for world cup 2007 is bruised but battle-hardened. Marred by dope scandals, injuries, skirmishes Pakistani squad is looking forward hopefully and with renewed pledge to fight their way to the mega trophy. By taking a leaf out of 1992 winner team’s book, they are banking on the fact that perseverance even with relatively weak team could do wonders.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, recently lashed badly at home, will lead the team in the world cup. He has a fantastic record as a batsman. He has many games to his name which he won single-handedly. Its his on-field captaincy which is under the fire due to lack of vigor, dynamism and front-leading. Nonetheless, the big old Inzi can turn the game around any time.

Along with skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan are considered to be the backbone of Pakistani outfit. Though having an average average, Younis Khan can provide a solid support up in the middle order. The man with fame “lazy elegance” Mohammad Yousuf is currently the pick of the batsman. His average is well above 40 and he has got a bag full of stylish and chic strokes. Most importantly he can bat it through the innings.

Pakistan in recent years is depositing quite a lot all-rounders. The likes of flamboyant Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik and Azhar Mehmood have added the value to the team. Unluckily for them Afridi will miss the first two games due to a disciplinary action and Razzaq is out of event due to injury.

Two major points of worry for Pakistan are their opening and wicket-keeping. Both have been well below average for the past two years. They have been trying hard to overcome that but in vain.

Bowling department this world cup is weak and dismal due to the absence of their main pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif and most likely Umar Gul. Rana Naveed-ul-Hassan and Rao Iftikhar will try to outshine opponents.

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