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    Pakistan will win the 2019 World Cup

    Everything is shaping well for Pakistan, 9 matches won on the trot, champions trophy win, their first 5-0 win in ages.

    We have:

    Hasan, the worlds number 1 bowler with a fierce reputation already.

    Amir, who always steps up in world cup matches.

    Raees, with his variations and skills.

    Potentially Shinwari with his swing and seam excellency.

    Babar, our best bat since Miandad.

    Malik who is playing in the twilight stage of his career in a purple patch.

    Shadab, one of the top legspinners in the world.

    And a tactically brilliant LOI captain in Sarfraz.

    With 7-8 proven cricketers there is no way we will lose this world cup. The past few world cups we went in with tried and tested failures and passengers like Younus, Hafeez, Kamran, Rana, etc, but this time we have the youth, energy, skill, and passion.

    This is our world cup


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    Forgot to mention: we have experience of winning in England already!

    #YehHamaraCupHai2019


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    Nahi nahi yaar

    India jeetaiga

    Fully expecting King Kohli to score a hundred in every game

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Nahi nahi yaar

    India jeetaiga

    Fully expecting King Kohli to score a hundred in every game
    Every game until the final, where this time the slip will hold on to the catch from an Amir peach


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    Fakhar
    Imam
    Babar
    Haris
    Sarfraz
    Malik
    Faheem
    Shadab
    Amir
    Hasan
    Junaid

    Backups:
    Rumman
    Usman
    Amir Yameen
    Imad
    Azhar


    This should be the squad we have going forward. Get rid of Wahab, Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, and Umar Akmal forever. Although I listed Azhar as a backup, I wouldn't mind him opening with Fakhar because a top 4 of Imam, Fakhar, Babar, and Haris is too young. Some experience in Azhar would be nice

    If Haris is unfit for the #4 spot, I'd continue with Hafeez at 4 until we find a better option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabarAkmal_Fan View Post
    Fakhar
    Imam
    Babar
    Haris
    Sarfraz
    Malik
    Faheem
    Shadab
    Amir
    Hasan
    Junaid

    Backups:
    Rumman
    Usman
    Amir Yameen
    Imad
    Azhar


    This should be the squad we have going forward. Get rid of Wahab, Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, and Umar Akmal forever. Although I listed Azhar as a backup, I wouldn't mind him opening with Fakhar because a top 4 of Imam, Fakhar, Babar, and Haris is too young. Some experience in Azhar would be nice

    If Haris is unfit for the #4 spot, I'd continue with Hafeez at 4 until we find a better option.
    Bro I can't believe I forgot about Harris!

    The first

    Babar
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    Amir
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    Malik
    Shadab

    these are the first 8 names on the team sheet for every match, 3 other players choosen based on form, Fakhar could be a maybe, still not convinced


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    I think we would get a fair indication how strong this team actually is when it tours one of the top 4 teams away from home.

    The World Cup will not be a walk in the UAE dessert


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    Quote Originally Posted by CricFan2012 View Post
    Bro I can't believe I forgot about Harris!

    The first

    Babar
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    these are the first 8 names on the team sheet for every match, 3 other players choosen based on form, Fakhar could be a maybe, still not convinced
    Who would you play at 4 if Haris cannot get fit? I don't like Hafeez but I can't think of any other option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabarAkmal_Fan View Post
    Who would you play at 4 if Haris cannot get fit? I don't like Hafeez but I can't think of any other option.
    Explosive and dynamic batsman Umar Akmal


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    Some things are clearly missing,

    A suitable partner for Fakhar..too many jobbers at the other end, Fakhar doing the bulk of the fast scoring

    Babar to grow a pair and actually take full control of the innings instead of hiding behind other players that press the issue

    Reliable late innings hitters. Sarfaraz can't clear the inner circle with his style of batting. Imad is mr 15 off 12 balls at max. You need that 30 ball 50 player at the end


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    Pakistan win big tournaments when they are under dogs if we go by history

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Some things are clearly missing,

    A suitable partner for Fakhar..too many jobbers at the other end, Fakhar doing the bulk of the fast scoring

    Babar to grow a pair and actually take full control of the innings instead of hiding behind other players that press the issue

    Reliable late innings hitters. Sarfaraz can't clear the inner circle with his style of batting. Imad is mr 15 off 12 balls at max. You need that 30 ball 50 player at the end
    1) Partner for Fakhar
    - Sahibzada Farhan or Umar Amin

    2) Babar will grow a pair once he doesn’t have to come in the first 2-3 overs of the match and stop a collapse

    3) Faheem Ashraf has the potential to be the 30 ball 50 player we need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Explosive and dynamic batsman Umar Akmal

    The only thing explosive and dynamic about Umar Akmal is his belly growth as he drinks a bottle of water

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    be on round bro.fist achieve top 3 ranking.wc is not like CT>

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    I'll be happy if we reach final. We haven't done that since 1999.


    There are still some chinks in our armour. Fakhar's opening partners are not getting him on strike often enough. Even in today's match Imam was hogging the strike and there was situation at one point that 6 or 7 overs had been bowled and Fakhar had only played 10 balls. How will your striker have any fluency if he is not facing majority of the balls in the powerplays? The situation was the same with Azhar and Shehzad and now Imam.

    Hafeez at number four is a huge liability. In this series we saw a rejuvenated version of him who came out with a positive mindset but usually he bats at a snail's pace until he is set and this severely hurts the teams chances.

    Malik 2.0 is our greatest ODI batsman ever. So no comments about him. He can bat anywhere from 4-6 and still be a valuable asset for the side.

    Saifi at six is a huge waste, he needs to be at 4. Besides he is not suited for the role of a number six since he does not have the big six hitting ability.

    No objections to our pace battery. Even the last guy on our bench would be the premier bowler for most other nations. Shadab is the best spinner in world cricket, he needs an able spinning partner for tracks that offer some purchase. Unfortunately Imad is not that person.

    We also need someone to come in at seven and play the Razzaq role. Fahim seems to have the talent and ability for it. He just needs to show it consistently.


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    Quote Originally Posted by King-Misbah View Post
    Pakistan win big tournaments when they are under dogs if we go by history
    Incorrect, we win world tournaments when we are on the verge of elimination and require a minor miracle to go all the way.

    Happened in 92

    Happened in 2009

    Happened in 2017


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    I have had a funny feeling that we beat Australia in the Final making it 20 years to avenge our 99' loss. This time we bat first but actually put runs on the board and Hasan takes the last wicket by bouncing out their #11 while their centurion hangs his head in his lap. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won't. I just have this scenario imbedded into my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    I think we would get a fair indication how strong this team actually is when it tours one of the top 4 teams away from home.

    The World Cup will not be a walk in the UAE dessert
    Finally a very sane and realistic post. All the best.

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    Not yet - at least 3/5 gaps to be plugged to be in serious contention. After that luck, for/fitness of key players, building preparation into WC, other team’s form this will also matter.

    So far, I can say 3 things are in favour - good memories of CT which will be a confidence booster; preparatory schedule - those ODIs against Poms & SAF just before WC and the leangthy preliminary rounds that allows the slowest starter enough time to get back into the game.

    3 things I don’t like are age of the squad particularly starters, team combination and over all batting - probably most critical 3 factors; so yes long way to go. AUS, IND, SAF (till KO), NZ somehow manages to fix their squad by the start of WCc May be SRL as well and Poms are host, while fun starts for PAK team from few months prior to WC.

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    The batting is still a concern but hopefully by then we will unearth a couple of talented batsmen from the PSL.

    One thing for sure the Pakistan fans in England will out in force to support the team. If we make it to the semi's, will be very difficult to stop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    I think we would get a fair indication how strong this team actually is when it tours one of the top 4 teams away from home.

    The World Cup will not be a walk in the UAE dessert
    I agree with you, but have to keep in mind that all it takes to winning the world cup is 3 matches, the quarters, semis and the finals, we have the jazba and junoon, and the big match players.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BabarAkmal_Fan View Post
    Who would you play at 4 if Haris cannot get fit? I don't like Hafeez but I can't think of any other option.
    1. Fakhar (Lets see how he does in the next few series)
    2. Opener
    3. Babar
    4. Haris
    5. Sarfaraz
    6. Malik
    7. All rounder (Faheem has potential)
    8. Shadab
    9. Amir
    10. Hasan
    11. Raees

    Raees, Amir, Hasan, Raees give 40 overs, all rounder, Malik, and Haris can all bowl decently as well, if Malik isn't reported that is.

    Hafeez is done and dusted, cannot bowl with a clean action, and eats up too many balls if he's batting in the top 4.
    Last edited by CricFan2012; 23rd October 2017 at 23:37.


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    As long as Sarfraz is captain, yes we will. IA!


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    A World Cup winning side:

    1) Fakhar Zaman
    2) Sahibzada Farhan
    3) Babar Azam
    4) Haris Sohail
    5) Sarfraz Ahmed
    6) Shoaib Malik
    7) Faheem Ashraf
    8) Shadab Khan
    9) Hasan Ali
    10) Mohammad Amir
    11) Rumman Raees

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    Pakistan has it in pocket. It won't take long before Pakistan also reaches rank 1 in ODI.


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    The batting needs a bit of work.

    Bowling is certainly looking on track as usual.


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    Absolutely.


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    No they won't.Batting line up is too inconsistent.
    Neither will india.only top 3 can bat for us.
    You need depth in batting to win the wc,almost every team has good bowling attack right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffet View Post
    Pakistan has it in pocket. It won't take long before Pakistan also reaches rank 1 in ODI.
    Is this sarcasm Buffy?


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    By June 2018, Pakistan will be No 1 in ODIs.Favourites to win World cup easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King-Misbah View Post
    Pakistan win big tournaments when they are under dogs if we go by history
    We were underdogs in 2015.

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    In order to win a world cup in England, your bowling ability is OK by now. But your batting quality is yet in primitive age. Imam ul haq, professor chucker, Imad types batsmen can't win you a trophy.

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    So this makes Pakistan hot favs going into the WC!


    ...

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    Yep this is our World Cup, can not wait for it to happen! I have started the countdown already on my calendar.

    #582 DAYS TO GO!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by AamchiMumbaikar View Post
    So this makes Pakistan hot favs going into the WC!
    No doubt....they are invincible looking at their current hot form.

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    @rajimam We are going to unleash Sahibzada or Ahsan Ali.

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    Pakistan is missing a Sharjeel type opener and a late order fast bowling all-rounder who can smack sixes.

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    Fakhar
    Babar
    Haris
    Hafeez
    Sarfraz
    Malik
    Shadab
    Faheem
    Amir
    Hasan
    Shaheen

    Fakhar is the dasher and will give us a good start half of the time.

    Babar and Haris are our best bats so have to play up the order. Both are extremely consistent so if one fails then the other will still be able to play a long innings.

    Hafeez is valuable for his chucking and realistically he is not getting dropped because he has a well loved senior in the team.

    Sarfraz because he's the captain, and a decent keeper. Can play at a great strike rate as well but not as consistent. Rizwan is the backup keeper.

    Malik actually plays with passion for the team and is selfless, will attempt the big shots when needed and play anchor if required, extremely fit and handy bowler as well.

    Shadab can bat and he is one of the best leg spinners going around in world cricket at the moment.

    Faheem is mostly in here for his great line and length bowling at decent pace, also a decent tail ender.

    Amir always shows up in ICC events, bowls with an economy below five which is golden.

    Hasan has already shown us what he can do and will prove to us once again the same passion of 17'

    Shaheen will be our wild card. With his height and bowling intelligence he will topple the mightiest of batting lineups. He will win us a few games on his own.


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    Just hope India exits early and WC is in your bag.

    Avoid India at elimination at any cost.

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    Why gaped you in the last ICC big match. Why avoid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bujhee kom View Post
    Why gaped you in the last ICC big match. Why avoid?

    *They. Typo.

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    Indian middle order will be a huge concern for them going into difficult pitches of England. Also, the spinners will not be as effective as they have been in subcontinent type pitches. India is not likely to win the World Cup in 2019.

    However, Pakistan has batsmen like Fakhar, Haris, and Barbar who thrive on such pitches and add to the mix a top quality fast bowling attack comprising of Shaheen Afridi, Amir and Hassan Ali Pakistan has the right players to hand them the cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozeirk View Post
    Indian middle order will be a huge concern for them going into difficult pitches of England. Also, the spinners will not be as effective as they have been in subcontinent type pitches. India is not likely to win the World Cup in 2019.

    However, Pakistan has batsmen like Fakhar, Haris, and Barbar who thrive on such pitches and add to the mix a top quality fast bowling attack comprising of Shaheen Afridi, Amir and Hassan Ali Pakistan has the right players to hand them the cup.
    it's world cup. pakistan is bound to lose. even the great pak team in 90s failed to defeat an average indian team 1992, 1996.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    it's world cup. pakistan is bound to lose. even the great pak team in 90s failed to defeat an average indian team 1992, 1996.
    True but each game is a new event. Plus, the WC jinx has to go at some point. FTR, I too favour India to beat Pakistan in the WC.

    Overall, as stated, can't see past Australia. WC means they will be ready.

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    Salam Dosto,

    You should always back Pakistan to deliver in BIG matches in a global tournament. What Bhaijaan worries about Pakistan's chances in the 2019 world cup however is the 9 matches long preliminary round. Cracking the first round would require teams to showcase utmost professionalism and consistency. Since the pressure of being knocked out will not be there for a while you'd expect even teams like England, South Africa, NZ to deliver their best. Teams who are traditionally not great in big pressure matches.

    The ICC ODI rankings would have significant meaning going into the 2019 world cup as your Bhaijaan believes the semi finalists would most probably be among the top 5 sides so all teams ranked below need to lift themselves up to have a realistic shot at the semis spot.

    Of course once semis are there rankings should mean nothing and it will come down to who is better at delivering under pressure.

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    This Pakistani team is very much capable of reaching the semi finals

    The question is, whether they will be able to.

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    Three months ago I was very anti Haris Sohail because he would just throw away his wicket after hitting a cute 20/30. But boy his batting was a breath of fresh air today. It has just given me more confidence to back Pakistan to win the WC.

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    With Fakhar at the top and Babar and Haris in the middle we should be able to have a solid base. It will depend on our lower order. Saud Shakeel is good enough to be at No.5.

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    Pak should beat Afg, SL comfortably. It's a bit tricky against BD and WI but it's possible. Beyond that, you need special plays or pitch support (slow and sluggish) to win against NZ, SA. I think Eng, India, AUS are beyond reach. 6 games are must win to go to SF. If they reach SF, they have equal chance as the other three to go all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    Three months ago I was very anti Haris Sohail because he would just throw away his wicket after hitting a cute 20/30. But boy his batting was a breath of fresh air today. It has just given me more confidence to back Pakistan to win the WC.
    He's always scored these cute 40-80 runs and can't seem to score centuries but who cares? He scores at a decent pace usually, and these are consistent runs compared to what we've had in the past.


    Babar Azam: Runs 8032, Average 44, Top Score: 204, Fav fan: CricFan2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    Pak should beat Afg, SL comfortably. It's a bit tricky against BD and WI but it's possible. Beyond that, you need special plays or pitch support (slow and sluggish) to win against NZ, SA. I think Eng, India, AUS are beyond reach. 6 games are must win to go to SF. If they reach SF, they have equal chance as the other three to go all the way.
    If its a dry summer then reverse swing becomes available.

    When it does, its not a matter of the opposition but the team being comfortable with their roles that will determine whether or not they reach the SF's.

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    My World cup team.
    Fakhar Zaman
    Imam ul Haq
    Babar Azam
    Haris Sohail
    Shoaib Malik
    Muhammad Hafeez
    Sarfaraz Ahmed
    Faheem Ashraf
    Shadab khan
    Muhammad Aamir
    Shaheen Shah Afridi...

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    Eng and India should at least make it to the semis. Pak, SA, AUS, and even NZ, to some extent, are struggling nowadays. It will be interesting to see which of these 4 teams will find their mojo in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    If its a dry summer then reverse swing becomes available.

    When it does, its not a matter of the opposition but the team being comfortable with their roles that will determine whether or not they reach the SF's.
    Reverse swing with two new white balls in June in England?

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    Hope this doesn’t become another Pakistan will win Asia cup


    New Era of Team Pakistan

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    It is something which Pakistan are destined to. There is no stopping to it.

    Fakhar and Babar at the top are slowly progressing their way to become two of the best ODI batsmen of the generation and their bowling has uplifted to another level with inclusion of Shaheen Shah Afridi. We are well aware of the fact that Amir lifts his game to another level in World tournaments and Hasan Ali has probably been one of the best fast bowlers in the world in last 1-1.5 years. Add Shadab to the mix.

    Malik, Sarfaraz and Hafeez are some issues but they are too big a player not to deliver on big occasions.

    Barring 2-3 position like Imam, Asif Ali, Faheem , Pakistan are completely ready and looks to be the team to beat for WC 2019 IMO.

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    The lineup can be: -

    Fakhar

    Babar
    Haris
    Malik
    Sarfaraz(wkt)

    Shadab
    Amir
    Shaheen
    Hasan

    Fix it.

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    Pak have to first make it to top 4. If they make it to top 4, then they can step up and win it.

    For them winning SF and Finals is not that difficult compared to reaching semis.


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