Pakistan’s Lineup for the 2023 Cricket World Cup: Squad, Fixtures, and Team Outlook

The ICC World Cup 2023 is set to get underway on October 5th in India, featuring ten competitive cricket teams from around the globe. Among these cricketing giants, Pakistan stands tall as one of the prominent contenders in this prestigious tournament.

The participating teams in the ICC World Cup 2023 include Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and the Netherlands. These teams will engage in a round-robin format during the league stage, facing each other once.

Pakistan’s journey in the ICC World Cup 2023 will encompass a total of nine matches before the much-anticipated semifinals. Their inaugural clash in the tournament is slated against the Netherlands on October 6th, with their final league-stage showdown scheduled against England on November 11th.

In the previous edition of the World Cup in 2019, Pakistan fell short of reaching the semifinals. This time, however, they are determined to put up a better showing. Notably, Pakistan reached the final during the T20 World Cup held last year in Australia, bolstering their status as strong contenders for the ICC World Cup 2023 title.

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One notable advantage for Pakistan is that the tournament takes place in India, offering playing conditions akin to their home country. However, it’s important to note that Pakistan hasn’t played in India since 2016.

Pakistan boasts a storied history in ODI World Cups, with their crowning achievement in the 1992 edition when they clinched the title by defeating England in a thrilling final. As anticipation builds for the ICC World Cup 2023, let’s delve into Pakistan’s squad and their schedule for the tournament.

Pakistan’s World Cup 2023 Schedule

The ICC World Cup 2023 will feature a round-robin format, with Pakistan set to play nine games during the league stage, facing each of the participating teams once. Here’s a glimpse of Pakistan’s fixtures:

  • October 6: Pakistan vs. Netherlands, 2nd Match – Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, 2:00 PM (IST)
  • October 10: Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 8th Match – Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, 2:00 PM (IST)
  • October 14: Pakistan vs. India, 12th Match – Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, 2:00 PM (IST)
  • October 20: Pakistan vs. Australia, 18th Match – M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, 2:00 PM (IST)
  • October 23: Pakistan vs. Afghanistan, 22nd Match – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 2:00 PM (IST)
  • October 27: Pakistan vs. South Africa, 26th Match – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 2:00 PM (IST)
  • October 31: Pakistan vs. Bangladesh, 31st Match – Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 2:00 PM (IST)
  • November 4: Pakistan vs. New Zealand, 35th Match – M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, 10:30 AM (IST)
  • November 11: Pakistan vs. England, 45th Match – Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 2:00 PM (IST)
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Pakistan’s World Cup 2023 Squad

Although the official World Cup 2023 squad for Pakistan is yet to be unveiled, it is expected to closely resemble the lineup from the Asia Cup 2023, which was announced a few weeks ago. Babar Azam is anticipated to lead the team, with key players such as Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi, and Shadab Khan playing pivotal roles. Here’s a probable look at Pakistan’s squad for ICC WC 2023:

  • Babar Azam (captain)
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Imam-ul-Haq
  • Salman Ali Agha
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Saud Shakeel
  • Mohammad Rizwan
  • Mohammad Haris
  • Shadab Khan
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Usama Mir
  • Haris Rauf
  • Mohammad Wasim
  • Naseem Shah
  • Shaheen Afridi

With the ICC World Cup 2023 drawing near, cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the thrilling contests and captivating moments that this prestigious tournament promises to deliver. Pakistan’s cricket fans are particularly hopeful that their team will shine brightly on the world stage once again.