ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: Pakistan

Posted: 29 May 2019 4:27 pm
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It's been a poor run of form heading into the Cricket World Cup for Pakistan, but the country is due some big wins. Is this a Pakistan squad that can push deep into the tournament?

Pakistan has had plenty of strong results at the Cricket World Cup. The country is home to 200 million residents, the vast majority of whom are truly cricket mad. You can imagine the celebrations when, back in 1992, Pakistan claimed the Cricket World Cup, led by cricket legends Imran Khan (now prime minister) and Wasim Akram.

Pakistan almost did it again the last time the Cricket World Cup was held in England, too. The imposing bat of Inzamam-ul-Haq and the thundering pace of Shoaib Akhtar weren't quite enough to topple the Aussies at Lord's in the final, but it's clear Pakistan like the cooler weather of the mother country.

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Will Pakistan win the 2019 Cricket World Cup?

Sadly, Pakistan have been well out of form in recent months and lost every contested match in a series against England in May, just after being belted by Australia at "home" in the UAE in March. Pakistan even lost to Bangladesh a few weeks ago. But the World Cup is a new competition and the Pakistan squad brings with it the exuberance of youth and unpredictability.

How to watch Pakistan's Cricket World Cup matches

There are only two ways you can watch (or stream), either live or on demand, Pakistan's Cricket World Cup matches: that's via Foxtel or Kayo Sports. We've put together a detailed comparison of these two services, alongside a stack more information, in our where to watch the Cricket World Cup guide.

Pakistan Cricket World Cup squad

Here is the 15-man squad of players who will travel to the UK to contest the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Three of the original men selected, Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan, have had to withdraw, but have since been replaced.

Player Age Caps Position Batting rank Bowling rank All-rounder rank
Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk) 33 101 Wicket-keeper-batsman 54 >100 >100
Babar Azam (vc) 24 59 Batsman 7 >100 >100
Shaheen Afridi 19 10 Bowler >100 80 >100
Asif Ali 27 16 Batsman >100 >100 >100
Hasan Ali 25 44 Bowler >100 16 41
Mohammad Amir 27 51 Bowler >100 36 56
Mohammad Hafeez 38 208 All-rounder 36 53 4
Mohammad Hasnain 19 3 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Shadab Khan 20 34 All-rounder >100 26 25
Shoaib Malik 37 282 All-rounder 46 >100 35
Wahab Riaz 33 79 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Haris Sohail 29 31 Batsman 56 >100 78
Imam-ul-Haq 23 24 Batsman 22 >100 >100
Imad Wasim 30 37 All-rounder 66 37 6
Fakhar Zaman 29 31 Batsman 11 >100 78

Pakistan Cricket World Cup fixtures

Here are all of the scheduled matches featuring Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This includes a guide on where to watch a live stream of Pakistan matches in Australia.

Stage Match Date Start time (AEST) Team A Team B Venue Where to watch
Group 2 Friday 31 May 19:30 West Indies Pakistan Trent Bridge Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 6 Monday 3 June 19:30 England Pakistan Trent Bridge Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 11 Friday 7 June 19:30 Pakistan Sri Lanka County Ground Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 17 Wednesday 12 June 19:30 Australia Pakistan County Ground Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group 22 Sunday 16 June 19:30 India Pakistan Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 30 Sunday 23 June 19:30 Pakistan South Africa Lord's Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 33 Wednesday 26 June 19:30 New Zealand Pakistan Edgbaston Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 36 Saturday 29 June 19:30 Pakistan Afghanistan Headingley Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Group 43 Friday 5 July 19:30 Pakistan Bangladesh Lord's Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Semi-finals SF 1 Tuesday 9 July 19:30 1st 4th Old Trafford Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finals SF 2 Thursday 11 July 19:30 2nd 3rd Edgbaston Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Final F Sunday 14 July 19:30 Winner semi-final 1 Winner semi-final 2 Lord's Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine

Pakistan 2019 Cricket World Cup team news

Pakistan looking to break 10-match drought

31.05.19 - The first match of the Cricket World Cup is vital for Pakistani confidence, with 0 wins registered in the country's last 10 matches. Adding to that, in the last 23 matches the country has only picked up victories against top-5 sides 3 times. In the West Indies, though, Pakistan faces a lesser-ranked team and could very well find the morale-boosting victory it seeks.

Pakistan to part ways with coach and selector

29.05.19 – If Pakistan are in search of extra motivation, they may have found it off the field. One-time Australia coach and current Pakistan mastermind, Mickey Arthur will move on after the World Cup is completed, as will Pakistan's most celebrated batsman, Inzamam-ul-Haq, who is currently national team selector. Surely the team will want to send the duo out on a winning note.
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