World Cup 2023: Pakistan Announces 15-Member Squad With Naseem Shah Being Ruled Out: Pakistan, which is presently ranked first in the ODI rankings, has named an 18-member squad, including three reserves, that will go to India for the next ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, which will begin on October 5. On September 22, Pakistan’s top selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq, announced the team at a news conference.
The release of Pakistan’s roster was delayed unexpectedly due to team management meetings following a humiliating loss at the Asia Cup and severe bowling injuries sustained during the event. Babar Azam will lead the squad as captain, while Shadab Khan will serve as vice-captain. Hasan Ali has been brought in to replace pacer Naseem Shah, who is out of the competition owing to a shoulder injury.
Naseem was injured during the team’s Asia Cup match against archrivals India earlier this month. Hasan, who returned to the squad, has played in 60 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and was also part of Pakistan’s team in the 2019 World Cup.
Pakistan’s pace attack will be anchored by Shaheen Shah Afridi, with Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf also included. Naseem has suffered an injury that was bad because he was their top bowler. Hasnain is out with an ankle injury, as is Ihsanullah, according to Inzamam.
The Cricket World Cup will be contested in a round-robin style, with all countries playing 45 league matches against each other. Babar Azam’s team enters the mega-event as the top-ranked side, with the greatest win/loss ratio of 2.4 in this World Cup cycle for any side that has played ODIs.
Pakistan Squad for the World Cup 2023
Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafiq, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Usama Mir, Fakhar Zaman, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, M Wasim Jnr
Reserve: Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan, Mohammad Haris