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Asia Cup group preview: Pakistan


There are constrained reasons to trust that Pakistan can go all a approach this time, not slightest given of a fact that they won a ICC Champions Trophy 2017 by violence India by 180 runs during Edgbaston. Their patrol for a Asia Cup wears a really identical demeanour to that side.  

This time around, India, utterly expected Pakistan’s biggest hazard in a tournament, will be but their captain and No.1-ranked ODI batsman Virat Kohli, and that is something that should serve boost Pakistan’s chances.

But it’s not a weaknesses of other teams or past performances that make Pakistan clever contenders. It is their possess potential. The group wears a immature and colourful look. Up a order, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq move a code of assertive cricket that keeps bowlers’ guards up.

Bowling has frequency been a debility for Pakistan, and it’s no opposite this time. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir are able of overhanging a round during pace, and possess a good set of variations that could come in accessible on a slower wickets of a United Arab Emirates.

Their center sequence has seemed a tad unsure in new times. Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed will have to take a responsibility and uncover how it’s finished to a younger lot. Pakistan’s spinners – a likes of Shadab Khan, Malik and Haris Sohail – double adult as some-more than accessible batsmen, that gives a side increasing depth.

Moreover, a group is firm to be improved acclimatised to a conditions in a United Arab Emirates than any other team, deliberation that a Pakistan Cricket Board has hosted roughly all their general matches given 2009 in that country.

Players to watch out for

The opening twin of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq struck a excellent multiple in Pakistan’s many new ODI assignment – their prevalence opposite untimely Zimbabwe bowlers authorised a middle-order really small time in a middle. Zaman also recently surpassed Kohli as a fastest to 1000 runs in a fifty-over format. How these dual perform opposite sides like India and Sri Lanka, who are ranked aloft on a MRF Tyres ICC Team Rankings, will be crucial.

All-rounder Faheem Ashraf has shown extensive guarantee in his small time on a general locus and will have a ideal theatre to make an memorable mark. By a same yardstick, 18-year-old paceman Shaheen Afridi will also be one to watch out for.

History in a Asia Cup

Pakistan have won a pretension twice, their final win entrance in a 2012 edition, when they won a stirring final compare opposite hosts Bangladesh. The usually other time they won was in 2000.


16 September: v Hong Kong

19 September: v India

Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi

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