Pakistan Cricket Team For ICC World Cup 2015 Announced

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Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the national team’s 15-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, scheduled to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March, 2015.

Former Captain, legendary wicket-keeper, and PCB’s present Chief Selector, Moin Khan, announced the 15-man strong team in a press conference. Other than the surprise inclusion of 30-year old international-rookie and fast bowler, Sohail Khan, the PCB has decided to exclude Kamran Akmal, Adnan Akmal, Umer Gul, and Shoaib Malik from the final 15-man squad.

Umer Gul, Pakistan’s strongest death-over bowler, has been struggling for form after recovering from his recent knee injury, the same reason leading to his surprise exclusion from the squad.

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Veteran Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Sohaib Maqsood, Harris Sohail, and Umar Akmal are included as middle-order batting specialists. Misbah-ul-Haq will retain his position as the captain of the team following his return from injury, while Sarfaraz Ahmed will take his rightful place behind the stumps. 

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Yasir Shah and Shahid Afridi are the only two spin options, following the bowling-ineligibility of Muhammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal’s ban. The pace attack includes Muhammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Ehsan Adil, and Sohail Khan.

The complete 15-man squad is as follows:

Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (w), Younis Khan, Harris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Ehsan Adil, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz

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