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Pakistan and the battles of ICC World Cup 2019

Pakistan Cricket team is in England for the last month or so. It played England in 5 ODIs and a T20. Losing all matches except one that ended with no result, the morale of the team has nosedived. It was not expected that the team performance will hit the rock bottom as it lost its first warmup match against Afghanistan.

Things were looking good for Pakistan cricket when Sarfaraz led Quetta Gladiators won the 4th edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). But then most of the senior players including skipper Sarfaraz were rested by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The team combination fell part instead of strengthening. The selection of the final 15 has also invited a lot of criticism from different quarters.  

The green shirts play Bangladesh on 25th May. The green shirts cannot afford to lose this all important game to get its confidence back.

Sarfaraz Eleven faces West Indies in its first World Cup battle. The two teams have not played each other for quite a while. The team that will keep its nerve will most likely to overpower the opposition.

Pakistan ICC World Cup 2019 Fixtures: One team nine battles

  • 31st May 2019: Pak faces West Indies at Nottingham (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 3rd June 2019: Pak faces England at Nottingham (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 7th June 2019: Pak faces Sri Lanka at Bristol (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 12th June 2019: Pak faces Australia at Taunton (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 16th June 2019: Pak faces India at Manchester (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 23rd June 2019: Pak faces South Africa at London (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 26th June 2019: Pak faces New Zealand at Birmingham (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 29th June 2019: Pak faces Afghanistan at Leeds (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 5th July 2019: Pak faces Bangladesh at London (05:30 PM PKT, D/N)

Pakistan is one of the most unpredictable teams in the world. All they need is a momentum shift in their favor. If they start winning, it will be hard for anytime to stop them. Though Pakistan is small fry before the commencement of the big event but it won’t be wise to rule them out of the final four.   

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed with World Cup trophy.

ICC World Cup 2019 Semi-Final and Final: The last three battles   

  • 9th July 2019 First Semi-Final: TBA VS TBA (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 11th July 2019 Second Semi-Final: TBA VS TBA (02:30 PM PKT)
  • 14th July 2019 Final: TBA VS TBA (02:30 PM PKT)