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Pakistan Cricket Team Asia Cup 2023 Preview & Analysis

Pakistan Cricket Team Asia Cup 2023 Preview & Analysis

Asia Cup 2023 will start from 30 August with with first match being played between Pakistan and Nepal at Multan Cricket stadium. The previous 50 overs Asia Cup was played in 2017 in which India won its 7th prestigious title.

Pakistan has a rich cricketing history and has been a force to reckon with in Asia Cup. They have won the Asia Cup on two occasions, in 2000 and 2012, and will be determined to add another title to their name in 2023.

The 2012 Asia Cup winning squad of Pakistan team was led by Misbah ul haq. The current squad is entirely news filled with youngsters, with no previous player featuring in this squad. For this year’s competition, the team has a blend of experienced players and promising young talents, making them a formidable side.

Pakistan Cricket Team Asia Cup 2023 Preview & Analysis
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Batting Line-up

Pakistan’s batting line-up boasts some exceptional talent. At the top of the order, Pakistan has Fakhar Zaman who showed incredible form against New Zealand in 5 matches ODI series. They have Babar Azam, who is currently one of the best batsmen in the world across all formats. Babar’s elegant stroke play and consistency make him a vital cog in Pakistan’s batting unit. Alongside him, Imam-ul-Haq has shown great promise as an opener and will be looking to make his mark in the tournament.

In the middle order, Pakistan has talented campaigners like Mohammad Rizwan and Salman Ali Agha. Both players bring a wealth of skillset and can stabilize the innings when needed. Additionally, young talents like Mohammad Harisand Abdullah Shafique have shown immense potential and could provide firepower in the middle overs.

Bowling Attack

Pakistan has always been known for producing quality fast bowlers, and their bowling attack for the Asia Cup 2023 is likely to be no different. Shaheen Afridi has emerged as one of the most exciting fast bowlers in recent times. His ability to generate pace and swing makes him a genuine threat to any batting line-up.

Alongside him, Haris Rauf will bolster Pakistan’s pace attack. Hasan has been a consistent performer for Pakistan and will be eager to make an impact in the tournament. Naseem Shah has been an incredible exponent of reverse swing bowling so he will be key throughout the Pakistan’s campaign.

In the spin department, Pakistan has the service of Shadab Khan, Usama Mir and Mohammad Nawaz. Shadab is a talented leg-spinner who can provide crucial breakthroughs, while Mir’s orthodox spin is so destructive. He is proving his talent in the Hundred currently. Their ability to control the middle overs and pick up wickets will be crucial for Pakistan’s success in the tournament.

All-rounders

Pakistan possesses a strong pool of all-rounders who can contribute with both bat and ball. Faheem Ashraf has shown glimpses of his potential as a hard-hitting batsman and a handy medium-pacer. His ability to provide quick runs down the order and pick up crucial wickets makes him an asset to the team. Additionally, Mohammad Nawaz’s left-arm spin and batting prowess make him a valuable all-rounder option.

There if Iftikhar Ahmad who can be most brutal hitter of the ball on his day, he spin bowling can come handy. Same is the case with Salman Ali Agha who can provide breakthroughs with the call and can play match decisive innings with the bat.

Fielding

Fielding is an essential aspect of modern-day cricket, and Pakistan has made significant improvements in this department. The team has some exceptional fielders like Babar Azam, who is agile and athletic in the outfield. Shaheen Afridi’s height and athleticism make him a potent force in the field as well.

However, Pakistan’s best fielder is Shadab Khan who has lighting fast reflexes. They have improved a lot in recent years so we will definitely see a core competitive Pakistan team in Asia Cup 2023. Overall, Pakistan’s fielding unit is expected to be sharp and energetic, which can create pressure on the opposition.

Captaincy

The captaincy role for Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023 is likely to be entrusted to Babar Azam. Babar has shown great leadership qualities and has already captained Pakistan in limited-overs cricket. His calm demeanor and tactical acumen make him an ideal choice to lead the team in such a high-profile tournament.

However, Babar is yet to lead Pakistan to a tournament win. As a captain in ODIs, he is averaging 72 with the bat in 26 matches. Babar likes to back his team in all circumstances and this will definitely be a big test for the team but they look prepared for it.

Pakistan Cricket Team Asia Cup 2023 Preview & Analysis
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Pakistan Squad for Asia Cup 2023

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (captain), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Tayyab Tahir, Abdullah Shafique, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi.

Pakistan’s team for the Asia Cup 2023 looks well-balanced with a mix of experienced players and promising youngsters. The batting line-up is strong, with Babar Azam leading the charge, while the bowling attack possesses both pace and spin options. The presence of talented all-rounders adds depth to the team, and their fielding has improved significantly.

However, the Asia Cup will be a highly competitive tournament with strong teams from across Asia taking part in it. Pakistan will need to perform consistently and execute their plans effectively to emerge victorious. With the right combination of talent and determination, Pakistan has the potential to go all the way in the Asia Cup 2023.

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