Pakistan have two games before they play their big match on Oct 14. The Oct 14 World Cup’s ODI would be watched more and with a sitting crowd in the stadium to about 120,000. If Pakistan play Saud Shakeel, it’s going to be the key for Pakistan to win at least 5 games out of 9. However, the same orthodox team selection and captaincy would put Pakistan in trouble. It’s good to get 4 points by defeating Netherlands and a depleted Sri Lanka. But the way to adopt to win by big margin matters a lot. Sri Lanka to play Pakistan on Oct 10, which would be discussed later, once the battle of real top teams #INDvAUS rolls up.
Earlier, Shahid Afridi clearly said: “If a player whether he’s the vice-captain (Shadab Khan) or not, is not playing good cricket, then he should be dropped”. Afridi told this pointing at Usama Mir to replace Shadab Khan and so the cricket analysts say: Pakistan play Saud Shakeel along with Abdullah Shafique. Means dropping Shadab Khan and Imam-ul-Haq.
If Pakistan play Saud Shakeel, it will be key for Pakistan to win at least 5 games out of 9. Sri Lanka will play Pakistan on Oct 10, which will be discussed later, once the battle of the real top teams #INDvAUS on Oct 8 rolls up.
As the Pakistan cricket team gears up for their upcoming matches, the expectations mount. The match scheduled for October 14th which will be #INDvPak, particularly important. In this crucial match, Pakistan’s performance will largely depend on the inclusion of Saud Shakeel in the playing eleven. Winning at least 5 out of the 9 games are a crucial juncture for Pakistan’s success in the tournament.
However, the team management’s adherence to traditional tactics and the captain’s decision-making may pose challenges for Pakistan. It is encouraging if they secure 4 points by two wins against the two teams, the Netherlands and a depleted Sri Lankan side. Yet, the key to achieving victory lies not only in securing points but also in doing so with a significant margin. It is tough for Pakistan to adopt strategies that ensure emphatic victories, as every run and wicket could prove crucial in the long run.
Looking ahead, Pakistan’s next match against Sri Lanka on October 10th after the highly anticipated clash between the top teams India and Australia. The outcome of these matches, significantly impact the course of the tournament and the subsequent battles. With so much at stake, Pakistan play Saud Shakeel, strategize, execute their plans, and demonstrate their cricketing skills on the field.
As Pakistan fans eagerly await these three upcoming encounters, just a short-time will reveal that Pakistan would one among the top four in the second gear of the 2023 World Cup. The Pakistan cricket team has a chance to display their skills, and leave a mark. It’s in the illustrious history of the sport that if Pakistan considered not in top four, they would play the final. Wait and see if Pakistan play Saud Shakeel and drop the vice-captain Shadab Khan. It would be a tough decision. But Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan’s flamboyant cricketer pointed out too.
The 2023 World Cup would be tough for any team to storm in the semi-finals, since rain would be the ex-factor.