Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmad said that the best team of top-in-form players would be selected for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
“It’s every captain’s dream to win a World Cup for his country,” he said in an interview cited by APP, when he expressed the hope that Pakistan would play in the final of the mega-event.
Sarfaraz said the World Cup squad will be finalized after consultation with all stakeholders and predicted that Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan would emerge as top teams.
“The Pakistani cricket team must do their best to win the trophy,” he added. In response to a question, he answered that the team had substitutes in the event of injury to a player during the tournament.
Sarfaraz shared his views on the achievements of various players and said Hasan Ali played well during the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He hopes that Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman will perform well as the opening match of the World Cup.
Regarding Mohammad Amir’s lackluster form, Sarfaraz said he was a good bowler, but it was unfortunate that he had been unable to get wickets in the last few series.
The decision on his selection for the mega event will be made soon, he added.
The captain also appreciated the performance of Umar Akmal and Ahmad Shehzad in the PSL 2019 and said Moeen Khan had played a crucial role in improving their performance.
On a question, he said Mohammad Hasnain was a good, fast bowler and underlined the need to polish him through training so he could perform well in the future.
He also emphasized the need for bowling on line and length rather than just focusing on speed. “We’ve set up a pool of 23 players, and the World Cup selection would come from this pool,” he said.
Shoaib Malik is the oldest player and the team’s need for the mega event, he said, adding that one leg and one off-spinner would be selected for the event.