Pakistan will start their campaign for the ICC Champions Trophy this June. After PSL 2017 many youngsters have been given the chance to serve for the National team. There were many names out of which selectors tried their best to choose wisely. Also now that Pakistan has a new ODI captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed who hopefully can produce positive results. It’s been 5 out of 5 wins for Sarfaraz in T20s as a Pakistani captain. Being a Pakistani captain is not easy, but so far Sarfaraz has been impressive in T20s. Will he produce the same result in the ODI series against West Indies and carry that to the ICC Champions Trophy? The conditions in West Indies are friendly for Pakistan. Pakistan needs to be aggressive in the ODI series with a mindset of 300+ runs in almost every match. Pakistan will be facing India, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy and all these teams are capable of making it to 300+, Although Sri Lanka won’t be tough for Pakistan but still they can be destructive at times. Sarfaraz is known for encouraging his players, he’s a positive person. He should encourage Amir, Wahab and Rumman to give their best because at times bowling does not work for Pakistan; something that happened through out the tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Young boys like Shadab Khan, Usman Shinwari, Mohammed Asghar and Fakhar Zaman made into the National team. These all are young. They should be fearless and give their best performance. Specially Shadab, who was on fire on his T20I debut taking 3 for 7 runs. Shadab needs to perform game by game to be a threat for others in ICC Champions Trophy. Rumman is a lethal bowler who has been impressive in domestic since last year. He needs to work hard to make it to the ICC Champion Trophy. Usman Shinwari has brilliant pace, he’s very young and bowls very fast. He’s like a future asset and has potential of being one of the fastest bowler. Fakhar Zaman was very impressive in PSL for the Lahore Qalandars. He can play a very important role if he does and can be a good replacement of out of form Mohammed Hafeez. Although Usama Mir was exceptionally well for Karachi Kings in the PSL. He could not be part of the National team but is selected for the Asia Cup u-23. He might come in for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy in place of Nawaz.
Some old guns will play a vital role. Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad made a come back to the National team after being in impressive form in the PSL. Kamran and Shahzad should bat with consistency. In a way Pakistan has faced some problem for finding an opening pair but now that Kamran and Shahzad have been given a chance, they should be consistent and score some aggressive opening partnerships. Shoaib Malik is one of the most important team member now since his comeback to the team. He has been scoring knocks under pressure. Malik will play a very important role for the team in the ICC Champions Trophy. Most disappointing part of the selection is Hafeez’s place. He has not been performing in Domestic with both bat and ball. Then a flop PSL season for him and now in recent T20I he went back to the pavilion just scoring 5 off 12 balls. Hafeez just gives bad impression to the team and has not been performing on occasions in last 2 years. But he might perform if he realizes how bad his performance has been recently. Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Amir are probably the best bowlers in the team. Junaid had a brilliant comeback in the squad against Australia and he always tries his best to fire up the bowling. Amir and Wahab are exceptional. They can turn the bowl. Hopefully they both will be in form in the ICC Champions Trophy. Pakistan toured England last year; they learned a lot about their mistakes and improvements were made. Pakistan should cope with the conditions this year in the Champions Trophy. Specially their bowling. Sarfaraz himself is an aggressive player and he should make the team aggressive in both batting and bowling.