Inzamam, Pakistan’s chief selector trusts that the No.6-ranked ODI side ‘will be among the favorites’ to win the Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan’s opening fixture in the Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on 31 May, against West Indies. Previous to the start of the Cricket World Cup, they will tour England for a five-match one-day international series and one-off T20I.
The side’s most recent limited-overs task came in the UAE against Aussies, in which they yielded to a 5-0 defeat. With a number of steady fixtures in the side given a rest, one-day international debuts were handed to a number of players across the series: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Saad Ali, Mohammad Abbas, and Mohammad Hasnain.
In spite of the whitewash, when speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Inzamam designated at some positive results from the final two games of the series.
The fourth one day international saw Abid hit a century on his 1st international cricket match, while Pak fell 20 runs short in the final game, with U Shinwari picking up 4-49 and H Sohail hitting a 129 runs-ball 130.
“Against Aussies, we had relaxed seven of our main players,” said Inzamam, “and in the last two matches we had rested around 10 of our main players but the squad still fought hard in those games and that is a very good sign for me and Pakistan.
“I am self-assured we will pick a very good team for the Cricket World Cup 2019 and Pakistan will be among the favorites for the CWC title.
“These players needed rest before the Cricket World Cup and we have a frantic schedule in England going into the contest that is why we rested them and we also wanted to try out our bench strong point.”
Pakistan’s next international game will be against England in a T20I at Cardiff on 5 May 2019.
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