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Limited Time, Big Challenges: Pakistan’s Push for Strong Asia Cup and World Cup Team

Limited Time, Big Challenges: Pakistan's Push for Strong Asia Cup and World Cup Team

Pakistan’s chief selector, Haroon Rasheed, has announced that the country is determined to field a competitive team for the upcoming 2023 Asia Cup and World Cup. Speaking to the media at the Gaddafi Stadium, Rasheed emphasized that with limited time and three major events on the horizon, Pakistan cannot afford to experiment too much.

“We have three mega events coming up. We can’t afford to experiment too much as we have very limited amount of time. We can do experiments in T20I but not in ODI. It is time to finalize the squad because we only have five matches with New Zealand and three matches with Afghanistan [before Asia Cup and World Cup],”

While some experimentation can be done in T20I, Rasheed stressed that the ODI squad needs to be finalized soon. To achieve this, there are plans to conduct a series of one-day matches featuring the top 30 to 40 players to evaluate their potential and identify the best options for the mega events. Rasheed also revealed that this plan has been discussed with Babar Azam and is awaiting the announcement of team management and coaches before finalizing the strategy.

“I’ve already discussed this plan with Babar Azam. I’m just waiting for the announcement of team management and coaches before we could finalise this strategy,”

“We will hold a series of matches between Pakistan team vs the rest of the players to check the potential of the probable players and our bench strength to help us with the World Cup squad selection,”

Pakistan’s recent T20I series defeat to Afghanistan in Sharjah was also addressed by Rasheed. While losing is part of the game, he acknowledged that the reaction to the defeat in Pakistan was not seen anywhere else in the world. Every team aims to win, but defeat is also inevitable, and the team that performs better in batting, bowling, and fielding becomes the winner. Pakistan is striving to improve in all three aspects and build a strong squad for the upcoming events.

“Losing is part of the game, but the reaction we see in Pakistan is not seen anywhere in the world. Every team takes to the field with the intention of winning, but defeat is also inevitable. Nobody gets continuous success. The team that performs better in batting, bowling, and fielding becomes the winner. We are also striving to improve in all three aspects,”

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