Pakistan declare Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

15 man squad for Pakistan is announced to take part in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Wicket-keeper batsman Sarfarz Ahmed will lead Team Green in the CWC 2019. Experienced batter Mohammad Hafeez has been named, but his inclusion is subject to fitness. Pakistan have retained 11 players from the 2017 Champions Trophy winning side. Mohammad Amir has been left out from the world cup touring party, making the major significant exclusion. Mohammad Rizwan has also missed selection as back-up glove-man.

Pakistan have selected balanced squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Three openers in hard-hitting Fakhar Zaman, well-composed Imam-ul-Haq and newbie back-up Abid Ali have made the cut. Five middle-order batsmen have been drafted including Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and skipper Sarfarz Ahmed. Two spinners in Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan are part of the CWC lineup. Five fast bowlers in Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain are chosen to demolish the opposite batting heavy sides in the premier ICC men’s cricket tournament.

Pakistan announce Squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup
Pakistan announce Squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup

Selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked best available playing unit for CWC 2019. It is a combination of experience and youthful aggression. Pakistan are not over-right favourites though for the mega competition. But green shirts being the unpredictable team has the tendency to produce miraculous results. Nobody had imagined it, but they had ended up 1992 world champions. Their inner belief had helped them to win the last edition of ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, in England against all odds. Pakistan will look to channel their strengths and surprise abilities to win the Cricket World Cup title for the second time.

Pakistan Squad for CWC 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain

Karunaratne Will Be Captain Of Sri Lanka In The World Cup 2019

Dimuth Karunaratne has been named the captain of Sri Lanka’s World Cup team, meaning that Lasith Malinga has been ousted from his leadership position.

Karunaratne leadership in the surprise win of the Test series in South Africa made him a captain’s choice left for the Cricket World Cup. Fans are excited to get their Cricket World Cup Tickets to see live performances of their favorite team and players.

Karunaratne Will Be Captain Of Sri Lanka In The World Cup 2019 Tickets

Karunaratne Will Be Captain Of Sri Lanka In The World Cup 2019

Although fears about Karunaratne’s fight are centered on whether he could score points fast enough. He scored a strike rate of over 90, while he scored 165 points on average 55 during this tournament.

The news will be a blow to Malinga, who had committed to playing a national game in Kandy just 14 hours after completing an IPL match in Mumbai earlier this month. Although Malinga led Sri Lanka to a World T20 Trophy in 2014, his one-day captaining gave catastrophic results. The team lost each of the 9 ODIs they played under his leadership.

Malinga also apparently had poor relations with several key players. Earlier this year, Thisara Perera asked Sri Lanka Cricket to intervene after he and Malinga’s wife were involved in a dispute on Facebook.

The 3rd major option for the captain’s position may, in fact, have been the first choice of coaches Angelo Mathews. He has been captain of the ODI of Sri Lanka twice. But, his last job at the helm was cut short when he was ousted after the Sri Lankan Asian Cup came out in September. Mathews’ relationship with coach Chandika Hathurusingha had become incredibly tense as a result of the player’s exhaustion last year.

Sri Lanka has not yet named its team for the Cricket World Cup. But the last selectors meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday and is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours.

Although Karunaratne has not been part of an ODI team in Sri Lanka for years, he is now assured of a place.

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Shoaib Malik And Muhammad Amir Could Fit into Pakistan’s CWC Squad

There are so many candidates to choose from that the only concern is who to leave out. Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, and Hasan Ali are likely guaranteed, but Pakistan has yet to choose two from Usman Shinwari, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, and Mohammad Amir. It is quite an embarrassment of riches. Sports fanatics from all over the world can now grab Cricket World Cup Tickets online to enjoy most exciting cricket matches.

Muhammad Amir

The last name there – Amir – would not even be in the running if another bowler had his numbers over the last two years. Since the Champions Trophy final in June 2017, Amir has captured five ODI wickets in 101 bowling deferrals at an average of 92.60 per wicket. Not surprisingly, it’s the worst thing for all bowlers to have sent more than 600 balls during this period. To get an idea of ​​the seriousness of the situation, Mark Wood is the second poorest specialist among the fast players on this list. It has 20 wickets at 47.75, almost twice as much as Amir.

Muhammad Amir Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad
Muhammad Amir Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad

What Amir has for him is a savings rate of 4.58 for the same period; his career saving rate is 4.78. It should be noted that among the fast bowlers belonging to teams participating in the World Cup, only Jasprit Bumrah (4.30) has been more economical in the last two years.

Admittedly, Amir’s replacement of the fast tearaway that could pit a bowler against a pitcher who controls the course of the race was lively.

Shoaib Malik

Perhaps the most difficult question Pakistan faces is whether to bring its most experienced player to the World Cup for a swan song or not.

Shoaib Malik Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad
Shoaib Malik Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad

Only a few months ago, when Sarfraz Ahmed fought, Shoaib Malik could lead the tournament team. A defeat against South Africa in the T20I series, the victory of Australia and a mediocre campaign with Multan Sultans at the PSL have put this idea in the clear.

Malik is no longer a realistic option for bowling and has a bad record in ODI in England, averaging 13.6 with a bat in 23 innings. In the last two years, it has struggled to become the launching pad that Pakistan wants to rank fifth, the most common Malik’s strike position of the period. His strike rate of 82.11 for this period is almost identical to his career number.

Nevertheless, excluding it would be a courageous call. No other player in the tournament will boast a career begun in the previous century, and his casual attitude is unlikely to be a heavy and unwanted presence in the Pakistani locker room. And, in any case, Pakistan has a habit of ending the career of its players right after the World Cup, not just before. Malik has history on his side.

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Bangladesh name Squad for Cricket World Cup 2019

Fourth country to announce the squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup turns out to be Bangladesh. Regular captain Mashrafe Mortaza will lead 15-man strong Tigers lineup. Shakib Al Hasan will be the vice skipper, while Mushfiqur Rahim will serve as wicket keeper. Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and middle-order batter Mahmudullah complete the core group.

Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das are other openers along-with Tamim Iqbal in the Bangladeshi line-up for the Cricket World Cup 2019. All-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah will form the middle-order batting unit with Mushfiqur Rahim. Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain also offer plenty of options for the middle order. Mosaddek will also present off-break bowling option in case of prolonged injury to Mahmudullah. Mohammad Mithun is included as backup glove-man. Decent form in recent New Zealand ODI series means that Mithun can be tried as specialist batsman.

Bangladesh announce 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad
Bangladesh announce 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad

Mustafizur Rahman will lead the Bangladeshi pace attack in the CWC 2019. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Rubel Hossain are other experienced fast bowlers in the squad. Twenty five years old swing bowler Abu Jayed is surprise inclusion in the Bangla line-up. He has played five tests and three T20 internationals, but is uncapped in one day internationals. He has grabbed 12 wickets in the Bangladesh Premier League this year. So the selectors have picked him for his swing bowling and wicket taking form. Bangladesh are not main contender for ICC World Cup title, but will try to cause upsets to improve their chances. They are ranked 7th in the ICC ODI rankings, above teams like Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe. A strong performance in the CWC 2019 can improve their standing in the world cricket.

Bangladesh Squad for CWC 2019: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed

Indian Squad Announced For Cricket World Cup 2019

The India team of 15 members for the 2019 World Cup has been announced. The team headed by Virat Kohli was announced Monday by the chairman of the selectors, MSK Prasad. India became the third team after New Zealand and Australia to submit their list of 15 people. Fans have bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets and hoping for their favorite players to perform well in the tournament.

 Indian Squad Announced For Cricket World Cup 2019 Tickets

Indian Squad Announced For Cricket World Cup 2019

Ambati Rayudu, whose name was constantly floating for the No. 4 post, was left out. While KL Rahul who was in sensational form with the current 2019 IPL stick, made the cut. Versatile player Vijay Shankar, who gained prominence in the limited series against Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, was placed to occupy the 4th place.

“We also have a role for KL Rahul somewhere at the top. So he will be a substitute for the start and we’ll be looking at his role further” Prasad told reporters after the announcement.

Alongside the experienced MS Dhoni, who will play his fourth World Cup. The team has Dinesh Karthik as a secondary goalkeeper. Rishabh Pant does not go to the team.

“Pant is full of talent he has a lot of time in the future. It’s unfortunate that he was left out one of the box office goaltenders will only play if Dhoni is injured.” We saw Dinesh Karthik play well under pressure situations which is good for him said, Prasad.

Ravindra Jadeja is third in the spinner, alongside Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Jasprit Bumrah is at the top of the rankings, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami as a company.

“I do not think we really chose the IPL form, the other players were fantastic, Shubman Gill beat well as did Prithvi Shaw. So we did not consider that,” Prasad said.

Four other medium pacers will travel with the team.

Indian Squad For CWC 2019:

(Captain) Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal,  Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul.

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Australia announce 2019 Cricket World Cup squad

Cricket Australia have named 15-man squad for Cricket World Cup 2019. Aaron Finch will lead strong Aussie lineup for premier ICC tournament in England and Wales. Steven Smith and David Warner have returned to Baggy Greens setup after ball tampering scandal. Alex Carey is the only specialist in the squad to don gloves as wicket-keeper batsman Peter Handscomb is left out. Josh Hazlewood misses out due to back injury.

Australia have become second country to reveal squad for CWC 2019 after New Zealand. Aussie skipper Aaron Finch is happy with inclusion of once banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner in the 2019 Cricket World Cup squad. They have served their one year suspension after Newlands Test ball tampering saga. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja are selected as specialist batsmen. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are picked up as all-rounders. Alex Carey is preferred as keeper over Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine and Mathew Wade.

Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad
Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad

Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff form the pace battery for Australia. Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa are two spinners in Aussie CWC lineup. Inclusion of Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson is subject to fitness though. Countries playing in CWC 2019 can change squads till 23rd May 2019 without ICC approval. Josh Hazlewood and Kane Richardson who are part of Australia A squad, will be replacement options if any of five Aussie pacers gets injured.

Five time CWC champions Australia have emerged as strong contenders for Cricket World Cup title in 2019. Aussies have prepared well for CWC 2019 under captain Aaron Finch in recent months. He and Usman Khawaja are in decent ODI form. Good performance in recent series against Pakistan and India have boosted Australian morale. Return of Steven Smith and David Warner has strengthened batting ranks. Shaun Marsh offers plenty of experience in the middle order batting. Only weak link can be exclusion of in-form wicket-keeper batsman Peter Handscomb. Injury to lone glove-man can cause severe problem for Aussies in the mega competition.

Australia CWC 2019 Squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa

Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team

Jacques Kallis, the former South Africa all-rounder, has called for Dinesh Karthik to be included in India’s 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team
Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team

Kallis is currently working with Karthik at the 2019 Indian Premier League, where he serves as head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, of which Karthik is captain.

Kallis felt Karthik would fit in well as India’s No.4. The position has been highly contentious in the build-up to the tournament, with India still looking for answers. Karthik, however, hasn’t been in the discussion.

He last played ODI cricket during India’s tour of New Zealand, and while he has been solid in the chances given to him, the performances haven’t been enough to make him stand out in a competitive pool, comprising KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant, among potentially several others.

Kallis, however, felt Karthik would be critical to India’s chances at the marquee event. “India will be silly not to pick Dinesh Kartik in the World Cup team,” he told India Today. “He has the experience and the temperament and will be critical to India’s chances. He should be looked at as the No.4 option

Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team
Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team

“2019 will be the most open World Cup of all, and India certainly has the team to win it and are the favorites going into the tournament. DK is one of the best finishers I have ever seen. He has been unbelievable for KKR. To have a guy there who is going to be calm under pressure… and he is great to have in your dressing room as well.”

Echoing Kallis’ views were Kolkata team mentor Abhishek Nayar, who has had a direct influence on the wicket-keeper’s late career resurgence. Nayar put Karthik through a rigorous training programme that included a complete mental reset. It led to Karthik coming back with renewed purpose and slamming that stunning eight-ball 29* in the Nidahas Trophy final of 2018.

“I think in the past two years, he has shown us how versatile he is. He is not only a finisher but even batting up the order… I think he gives you that versatility also, being a wicket-keeper and a very good fielder,” Nayar said.

Nayar went on to say that Karthik didn’t necessarily have to be a back-up wicket-keeper and that he was good enough to make the team on his batting and fielding skills alone. “He is not only a keeper back-up but also a batsman back-up, who can come and field,” he said.

“We’ve seen how well he fields and the kind of catches he has taken. He is also ideal to bat at No.4. Because of the kind batsman he is, you can use him anywhere in the batting order. So, for me, he is someone I feel should be definitely in that World Cup squad.”

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Muhammad Nabi is confident about his World Cup Squad

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi feels that Afghanistan has the right mix of spinners to challenge teams at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Muhammad Nabi is confident about his World Cup Squad
Muhammad Nabi is confident about his World Cup Squad

Nabi will form a three-man spin attack, along with Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman. While Nabi is capable of building pressure by accumulating the dots, Khan is Afghanistan’s strike bowler, while Rahman can be handy in the first Powerplay, where he is generally used to curb scoring early.

All three spinners have played their share of cricket in England recently. While Nabi and Khan turned out for Leicestershire and Sussex, respectively, in last year’s T20 Blast, Rahman has struck a deal with Middlesex for the upcoming season, and Nabi feels the experience will hold them in good stead.

“Ours is a good combination because Rashid and Mujeeb are wicket-taking bowlers and I am more defensive, bowling a lot of dot balls,” Nabi told AFP.

“(The T20 Blast) It was a great experience for us and was of big help. Rashid and I bowled actually well and he also batted well. We will rapidly get adjusted to the conditions there hopefully.”

While the Afghanistan team prepares for the marquee event with a training camp in South Africa, their spin trio is currently engaged in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Nabi and Khan are team-mates there as well, with both players representing Sunriser Hyderabad, while Rahman plays for Kings XI Punjab.

Nabi felt the IPL, with its tight finishes and high level of competition is ideal to get used to dealing with pressure at the World Cup. Nabi is in the middle of a terrific IPL season, where his seven wickets have come at an average of 12.42

And while Khan has had a slightly moderate season by his standards, both bowlers have conceded runs at fewer than six and over. Rahman has had a lukewarm start to his campaign but has played only three matches.

“The IPL helps a lot,” Nabi said. “If you play these kinds of pressure games before the World Cup, it will help a lot in the tournament against top opposition teams. It is a white-ball format after all. Yes, it is an alteration of format, but you can adjust easily to the 50-over game.”

Afghanistan begins its World Cup campaign against Australia in Bristol on 1 June. The last time the two sides met at the World Cup, the Asian team was walloped by 275 runs.

But this is a much-improved Afghanistan team, as they showed at the Asia Cup last year, where they challenged several top teams. Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, just about lost to Pakistan, and held tournament favorites India to a tie.

“We will try our best at the CWC and challenge every team that we play against,” Nabi said. “God-willing, in future we will challenge everybody in Test cricket.”

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Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes

Ricky Ponting believes Australia’s big three pacers – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood – should aim to play every match at both the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and the Ashes.

Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes
Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes

All three bowlers have had condensed workloads heading into the CWC. Hazlewood has not played since the home series against India and Starc last played in the Tests against Sri Lanka that followed – both have since been recovering from injuries. And while Cummins was intricate in the limited-overs series in India and the UAE, he played in just one of the five ODIs against Pakistan.

Australia’s selectors are set to announce the World Cup squad on 15 April, and for all the talk of resting some of the pacers ahead of a crucial Ashes series, Ponting believes their freshness should be capitalized on at the World Cup.

“They Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins have all had reasonable lay-offs now,” Ponting, who will join the set-up as an assistant coach for the World Cup, told “I know some of them got through the summer and had injuries with Josh and Stacy of late, but that should mean they go into a World Cup very fresh.

“None of those guys will be in the IPL either, so they need to just manage [themselves] really well, with the thought of playing every game through the World Cup and the Ashes. I’m sure all those bowlers want to do that. It’s up to them to get themselves fit enough and strong enough to give themselves the best chance of being able to get through.”

However, Ponting said there was a caveat. All three don’t have to play every game – as many as 11, if Australia makes the finals – if the conditions warrant another combination. “Who knows, there might be a few games through the World Cup where it might not be the best to take those three fast bowlers into a game,” he said.

“Wicket in England might look like it will be slower and turn more, so you go in with another all-around option and/or another spinner. But the administration is going to be a key because trying to priorities a CWC over an Ashes series … it’s impossible. You’ve just got to face what you’ve got in front of you.

“The entire goal for Aus cricket right now should be to win the CWC and worry about whatever happens after that, after that.”

Australia opens its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on 1 June. The Ashes begins on 1 August in Birmingham, a little over two weeks after the World Cup final on 14 July.

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Floyd Reifer announced as West Indies interim coach

Cricket West Indies has appointed Floyd Reifer as interim head coach. He will replace Richard Pybus, who was named interim coach in January 2019. Cricket West Indies (CWI) under new president Ricky Skerritt has revealed several reforms for the sport in the Caribbean. Robert Haynes is named as interim head of selectors. Entire selection committee with chief selector Robert Haynes is replaced. These changes reflect the West Indies first initiative of the CWI’s new management. Cricket West Indies has hinted at calling back senior limited overs cricketers with player inclusive policy.

These changes in the cricket setup in West Indies are quite significant with only under two months remaining in the Cricket World Cup 2019. Floyd Reifer was West Indies captain for some time in 2009. He had short coaching stints with West Indies national team and A teams previously.

“Floyd Reifer had been identified as the outstanding emerging local coach. He has been identified as the outstanding emerging Caribbean coach. He displayed this recently by leading the West Indies A team to victories against England Lions, the West Indies Senior team to the T20 series win in Bangladesh and his key role in the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners win in the 2018 Super 50 tournament.”

CWI president Ricky Skerritt revealed reason behind selection panel changes: “We have found it necessary to immediately adjust our selection policy to become more open, inclusive, and player-centric. I am therefore pleased to confirm that we have terminated the old embedded selection policy which secretly, but actively, victimized some players and banished them from selection consideration.”

West Indies are set to tour Ireland in under three weeks for a tri-series ODI tournament including Bangladesh. Caribbean team will use this series for CWC preparation. West Indies will look to boost their side with experienced players to better target the Cricket World Cup title in England and Wales.