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All You Need To Know About Pakistan’s World Cup Journey & Squad Announcement

The Pakistan Cricket team will reach England at least five weeks before it formally kicks off its campaign in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Pakistan is also scheduled to play at least 11 full-fledged games before its first match in the World Cup against West Indies. These matches include seven 50-overs and two 20 over games.

“The Pakistan cricket team will depart for England on 23 April where they will play England in a series of practice and international matches, before entering the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against the Windies on 31 May at Trent Bridge,” said the spokesman of PCB.

After arriving in the UK on 23rd, Pakistan will play two 50-over games against Kent and Northamptonshire on 27th and 29th April, respectively before playing a T20 game against Leicestershire on May 1st.

Following three games against the county teams, Pakistan will play one T20I and 5 ODIs against England which will kick-off with the shortest format match at Cardiff. The five ODIs will be played 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th May.

Pakistan is also scheduled to play two official warm-up games ahead of ICC World Cup, against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, on 24th and 26th May.

The former champions will kick-off its World Cup campaign with the match against West Indies on 31st May at Trent Bridge.

What is the last date of Squad Announcement?

As per the ICC regulations, all participating sides have to submit their 15-player World Cup squads by 30 April but can make changes until 22 May without needing the ICC’s approval. After 23 May, all player replacements will have to be approved by the Event Technical Committee.

When will PCB announce World Cup Squad?

The national selection committee has invited 23 probable players for a fitness test, which will be held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on April 15 and 16 ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales this summer. The selection committee confirmed that the squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 will be announced on April 18.

Which players have been called for fitness test?

Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari and Yasir Shah

Is it confirmed that the final 15 will be chosen from the 23 probables?

It is not confirmed that the final 15 will be chosen from the 23 probables called for the fitness camp. There could be a decision of letting few players [Akmal and Wahab] play Pakistan Cup for adding their game time and join later for the fitness test.

Senior players like Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad have not been summoned by the selection committee for the final fitness tests being conducted ahead of World Cup squad selection.

Umar who followed up a brilliant 136 with another blistering innings of 99 in the Pakistan National One-day Cup on Thursday, has surprisingly not been invited to take the fitness tests.

The middle order batsman was recalled for the ODI series against Australia last month after being left out in the cold for more than two and half years.

Umar Akmal since the last world cup has played in 10 ODIs. All against Australia and averaging 31.22 in those. Some of the current Pakistan batsmen have impressive averages cos of runs against weak teams. Akmal didn’t get that opportunity.

Pakistan’s schedule for England series:

April 27 – v Kent (50-over practice match)

April 29 – v Northamptonshire (50-over match)

May 1 – v Leicestershire (T20 match)

May 5 – v England (only T20I), Cardiff

May 8 – 1st ODI v England, The Oval

May 11 – 2nd ODI v England, Hampshire

May 14 – 3rd ODI v England, Bristol

May 17 – 4th ODI v England, Trent Bridge

May 19 – 5th ODI v England, Leeds

Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 schedule:

May 24 – v Afghanistan (warm-up), Bristol

May 26 – v Bangladesh (warm-up), Cardiff

May 31 – v Windies, Trent Bridge

June 3 – v England, Trent Bridge

June 7 – v Sri Lanka, Bristol

June 12 – v Australia, Taunton

June 16 – v India, Old Trafford

June 23 – v South Africa, Lord’s

June 26 – v New Zealand, Edgbaston

June 29 – v Afghanistan, Headingley

July 5 – v Bangladesh, Lord’s

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