ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: Pakistan
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|
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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