Pakistan is gearing up for their second crucial match in the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023, set against Sri Lanka and scheduled to take place in Hyderabad. Their previous encounter showcased a commanding 81-run victory over the Netherlands in the tournament opener, setting a positive tone for their campaign.
However, the Pakistani team is contemplating a change in their lineup, considering replacing the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman with Abdullah Shafique. Despite the scrutiny over Fakhar Zaman’s performance, team director Mickey Arthur remains supportive, expressing confidence in Zaman’s capabilities and asserting that he is just one innings away from a substantial score.
Amidst these considerations, the spotlight also falls on Saud Shakeel, who showcased impressive form in the match against the Netherlands. He played a pivotal role, contributing a remarkable score of 68 off 52 deliveries, underlining his batting prowess and adaptability on the international stage.
As they prepare for this upcoming encounter against Sri Lanka, Pakistan will be striving to maintain their winning momentum and secure another victory in the tournament. Key players like Saud Shakeel will be crucial in ensuring a strong performance, building on the team’s strengths and addressing any areas that require improvement to succeed in the tournament and further their aspirations in the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023.
Pakistan squad for World Cup:
Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr
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