Pakistan: Predictably Unpredictable

29 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Pakistan: Predictably Unpredictable

It has been 27 years since Pakistan's famous triumph at the 1992 tournament under the leadership of Imran Khan. They were also losing finalists in 1999. Pakistan's build-up to 2019 has been largely inconsistent under skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan did show in their ODI series against England that they can post and chase scores well over 300 and that will be encouraging for them. Babar Azam was key in that regard, scoring 277 runs in the series at an average of 55.40. Pakistan have just one bowler - Hasan Ali - ranked in the top twenty in ODI cricket. Perhaps one of Pakistan's most exciting bowling prospects, 19-year-old Shaheen Afridi was very expensive against England, but he is tall and quick and can cause batsmen all sorts of problems.

Nobody is expecting anything from Pakistan, but they wouldn't have it any other way. Quietly, Sarfraz and his charges will be backing themselves. They know what it takes to pull together and go the distance at a major tournament.

Best WC finish: Champions - 1992


Sarfraz Ahmed (c/wk)

Fakhar Zaman


Babar Azam

Shoaib Malik

Mohammad Hafeez

Asif Ali

Shadab Khan

Imad Wasim

Haris Sohail

Hasan Ali

Shaheen Afridi

Mohammad Amir

Wahab Riaz

Mohammad Hasnain