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.

PlayerAgeCapsPositionBatting rankBowling rankAll-rounder rank
Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk)33101Wicket-keeper-batsman54>100>100
Babar Azam (vc)2459Batsman7>100>100
Shaheen Afridi1910Bowler>10080>100
Asif Ali2716Batsman>100>100>100
Hasan Ali2544Bowler>1001641
Mohammad Amir2751Bowler>1003656
Mohammad Hafeez38208All-rounder36534
Mohammad Hasnain193Bowler>100>100>100
Shadab Khan2034All-rounder>1002625
Shoaib Malik37282All-rounder46>10035
Wahab Riaz3379Bowler>100>100>100
Haris Sohail2931Batsman56>10078
Imam-ul-Haq2324Batsman22>100>100
Imad Wasim3037All-rounder66376
Fakhar Zaman2931Batsman11>10078

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.

StageMatchDateStart time (AEST)Team ATeam BVenueWhere to watch
Group2Friday 31 May19:30West IndiesPakistanTrent BridgeKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group6Monday 3 June19:30EnglandPakistanTrent BridgeKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group11Friday 7 June19:30PakistanSri LankaCounty GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group17Wednesday 12 June19:30AustraliaPakistanCounty GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group22Sunday 16 June19:30IndiaPakistanOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group30Sunday 23 June19:30PakistanSouth AfricaLord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group33Wednesday 26 June19:30New ZealandPakistanEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group36Saturday 29 June19:30PakistanAfghanistanHeadingleyKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group43Friday 5 July19:30PakistanBangladeshLord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel
Semi-finalsSF 1Tuesday 9 July19:301st4thOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finalsSF 2Thursday 11 July19:302nd3rdEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
FinalFSunday 14 July19:30Winner semi-final 1Winner semi-final 2Lord'sKayo 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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