MS Dhoni to retire after World Cup 2019? Chief Selector MSK Prasad Says

Talking about his form, Prasad said that Dhoni’s output with the bat will only rise with the number of matches he plays and hence, the IPL is a great chance for him to find the furrow yet again.

The position of MS Dhoni to this Indian team which gets ready for the World Cup is not a veiled secret anymore and everyone from the head coach, to the captain and the players, have spoken about the character of Dhoni in the side.

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“We have definitely not discussed this. Because prior to such a big tournament, I do not think it is wise to get distracted, since all energies are geared towards preparing well for the World Cup,” he said in a conversation with ESPNCricinfo.

Speaking about his form, Prasad said that Dhoni’s productivity with the bat will only increase with the number of matches he plays and hence, the IPL is a great opportunity for him to find the groove yet again.

“Importantly, before India head to the World Cup, he will be playing the IPL. So, he will be playing in 14-16 matches – all high-intensity games. That will only help him extend that form he has caught on the Australia and New Zealand tours. I am very happy with his batting,” he further added.

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Pakistan have ‘Very Good Chance’ to Win ICC World Cup 2019 – Shoaib Malik

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that Pakistan have a ‘very good chance’ to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which is set to be contested in England and Wales from May 30.

Shoaib Malik trusts his team has a very good chance of winning the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales. Although, the veteran said it will only be possible if his side accomplishes well against the rest of the world. Pakistan lifted last World Cup in the One-Day International format came in the year 1992 but Shoaib Malik feels his side has the capability to win this Cricket World Cup.

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However, Malik cleared it out that this achievement will only be possible if they perform well against the rest of the world in the mega event. Malik further stated that the current Pakistan squad has all the ability to win the World Cup, but added that abilities don’t win anyone matches.

He said that the Pakistan squad have top ODI bowlers and batsmen, and he is looking forward to an unforgettable World Cup 2019. Pakistan’s last lifted the World Cup in 1992 under the direction of present Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“I feel we have a very good chance to win the tournament. But then having a ‘good chance’ doesn’t mean much. How we play each game and how we perform against the rest of the world will define how far we go. Yes, we have the ability to win the World Cup hands-down, but abilities don’t win you anything, performances do. Our capabilities include having top ODI bowlers and batsmen in our line-up and personally I’m looking forward to a memorable World Cup 2019,” Malik said.

Pakistan is set to play their first World Cup 2019 match in contradiction of West Indies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
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PCB keen to host Australia ahead of Cricket World Cup 2019

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying their level best to impact Australia to play two matches in Pakistan ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Australia are listed to play a five-match ODI series in contradiction of Pakistan in the UAE next year March before the Cricket World Cup. The Australians have stated interest to push the series as close to the World Cup as probable. The PCB chairman Ehsan Mani is in dialogs to persuade Australia to play two of the five matches in Pakistan.

“Once anyone comes to Pakistan and views the situation by himself, it will not be hard to convince him that international cricket can return to Pakistan properly. But it is not easy trying to change the perception of people who have not been to Pakistan in recent times,” he said.

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Since then no touring side has visited a full series counting Tests in Pakistan and between September 2017 to April 2018, PCB was able to influence teams to come and play short T20I sequence together with an ICC World XI, Sri Lanka and West Indies, which pass on without any glitches.
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