ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan all 15 player profiles

Meet 1992 World Cup winner Pakistan's 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The Pakistan side during its World Cup 2019 warm up match against Afghanistan.   -  Getty Images

Pakistan

Previous apperances: 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015

Best Finish: Winner - 1992

 

 

Sarfaraz Ahmed (Captain)

Wicketkeeper/Batsman | Age: 32

Matches: 106 | Runs: 2128 | Avg: 34.88 | HS:105 | 100s: 2 | 50s: 10 | Catches: 99 | Stumpings: 23

 

The Pakistan captain is energetic, chirpy behind the stumps and fearless with the bat. He can score at a quick pace down the order. If needed, he can bat up the order too. Sarfaraz shines under pressure and that made him the ideal candidate to lead Pakistan.

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Fakhar Zaman

Batsman | Age: 29

Matches: 36 | Runs: 1642 | Avg: 51.31 | HS: 210* | 100s: 4 | 50s: 10

A brilliant 2016-17 domestic season in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy followed by an explosive season in the Pakistan Super League, earned him a place in Pakistan's Champions Trophy squad in 2017. It turned him into an overnight star, especially after scoring a century in the final. Zaman became the first Pakistani batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs last year.

 

 

 

 

Imam-ul-Haq

Batsman | Age: 23

Matches: 28 | Runs: 1387 | Avg: 60.30 | HS: 151 | 100s: 6 | 50s: 5

Being the nephew of former batting great Inzamam-ul-Haq is pressure of a different kind. But Imam put that to bed quite early in his career. It was an injury to Azhar Ali during an ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2017 that gave him his first international cap. He scored a ton on debut. The flamboyance at the top of the order made him an integral part of Pakistan’s batting; the knock of 151 off 131 balls against England [in May 2019] is a fine example. Imam is also a sharp ring fielder.

 

 

 

Babar Azam

Batsman | Age: 24

Matches: 64 | Runs: 2739 | HS: 125* | Avg: 51.67 | 100s: 9 | 50s: 12

In Babar Azam, Pakistan has found a prolific run-getter at No 3. He was the fastest to score five ODI centuries. He has been among runs since his Under 19 days; Azam had finished as Pakistan’s highest run-scorer in the 2012 Under 19 World Cup.

 

 

 

 

 


Shoaib Malik

All-rounder | Age: 37

Matches: 284 | Runs: 7526 | HS: 143 | Avg: 35.00 | 100s: 9 | 50s: 44 | Wickets: 157 | Best: 4-19 | Eco: 4.66

With a career spanning two decades, veteran Shoaib Malik has been an omnipresent figure in the Pakistan side over the years. He’s played most of the roles you can think for a cricketer — coming into the side as an off-spinner, he developed into a reliable batsmen who has been tried at almost every batting position. He even had a brief, but unsuccessful stint, as captain. The soft-spoken Malik is Pakistan’s Mr. Dependable in the limited overs format, a silent presence in the middle that can quietly win you matches.

 

 

 

Haris Sohail

All-rounder | Age: 30

Matches: 34 | Runs: 1320 | HS: 130 | Avg: 47.14 | 100s: 2 | 50s: 10 | Wickets: 11 | Best: 3-45 | Eco: 5.72

His ODI debut came in 2013 after a string of impressive domestic performances, but the opportunities were limited. He has chipped in with some consistent and useful performances in the middle order, but a failure to convert most of his 50s into 100s could be a reason why he finds it hard to cement a spot. Sohail’s left-arm orthodox is handy.

 

 

 

 

Mohammad Hafeez

All-rounder | Age: 38

Matches: 210 | Runs: 6361 | HS: 140* | Avg: 32.95 | 100s: 11 | 50s: 37 | Wickets: 137 | Best: 4-41 | Eco: 4.14

Nicknamed ‘The Professor’, Hafeez is another veteran in the Pakistan ranks. An elegant and solid batsman at the top of the order and a more than decent off-spinner, Hafeez made his debut in 2003 but had been in and out of the side till 2010. His purple patch came between 2011 and 2015 when, opening the innings, he scored 11 ODI centuries away from home.

 

 

 

Shadab Khan

Bowler | Age: 20

Matches: 34 | Wickets: 47 | Best: 4-28 | Eco: 4.81

Shadab Khan proved himself when he topped the charts with 11 wickets in the 2016 U-19 World Cup. The leg-spinner impressed in his international debut, too, with figures of 4-0-7-3 in a T20I against West Indies. In his short career, Shadab has been known for his loopy trajectory and using guile to hoodwink the batsman — especially with his wrong‘uns.

 

 

 

Imad Wasim

All-rounder | Age: 30

Matches: 46 | | Runs: 778 | Avg: 40.94 | HS: 63* | 100s: 0 | 50s: 5 | Wickets: 39 | Best: 5-14 | Eco: 4.82

When Pakistan had lost Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal to suspect bowling actions, Imad Wasim made his entry. He had played an all-round role in Pakistan’s historic Champions Trophy triumph in 2017. The leg-spinner relies more on accuracy and variations. He can be quite effective with the new ball as well. He can make significant contributions with the bat lower down the order.

 

 

 

 

Hasan Ali

Bowler | Age: 24

Matches: 49 | Wickets: 80 | Best bowling: 5-34 | Eco: 5.42

Hasan Ali provides Pakistan with a reliable fast-bowling option in the middle overs. He won the Man of the Tournament award in the Champions Trophy for scripting a fairy-tale victory for Pakistan with his 13 wickets in five matches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaheen Shah Afridi

Bowler | Age: 19

Matches: 14 | Wickets: 24 | Best: 4-38 | Eco: 5.73

The name rings a bell, doesn’t it? Almost like he's destined for greatness. The Pakistani selectors, who have been tracking his progress for three years, definitely think so. The 6 foot 6 inch seamer is fresh and maintains a good rhythm. His elder brother, Riaz, played a lone Test for Pakistan in 2004. Afridi first got people to take notice with an 8/39 on his Quaid-e-Azam debut. He is able to make use of his height to generate bounce on even the flattest tracks and has a mean yorker.

 

 

Mohammad Hasnain

Bowler | Age: 19

Matches: 5 | Wickets: 5 | Best: 2-52 | Eco: 7.39

Hasnain is the latest promise from the 150kmph club. He was spotted young and was groomed by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Before he made his international debut in March this year, he cracked mirrors in the Pakistan Super League picking up 12 wickets. He is quick; seriously quick

 

 

 

 

Wahab Riaz

Bowler | Age: 33

Matches: 79 | Wickets: 102 | Best: 5-46 | Eco: 5.68

After Junaid Khan and Faheem Ashraf struggled in the recently concluded Royal London series against England, Wahab Riaz received a late call-up to the 15-man squad of Pakistan. Riaz’s pace will torment batsman in England, but he has troubles with consistency. Usually effective when the ball is reversing, Riaz, on his day, can prove to be a genuine match-winner. He can also contribute with the bat lower down the order.

 

 

Mohammad Amir

Bowler | Age: 27

Matches: 51 | Wickets: 60 | Best: 4-28 | Eco: 4.78

Coming back from the infamous ban for spot-fixing after almost five years, Mohammad Amir wasn't the same prodigious 18-year-old he once was. Amir, who was down with chicken pox recently, was included in the squad after Junaid Khan and Faheem Ashraf struggled in the recently concluded Royal London series. Although, he has found it difficult to find rhythm of late, the World Cup should ne a good platform for him to bounce back and prove his mettle.

 

 

Asif Ali

Batsman | Age: 27

Matches: 16 | Runs: 342 | Avg: 31.09 | HS: 52 | 50s: 3

 

Asif Ali, a late inclusion in the World Cup squad, was selected on the back of a fine show for Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League 2018. Asif Ali made his T20I debut in April 2018 and ODI debut in July of the same year. Replacing Abid Ali in the squad, Asif has been called in for his power-hitting abilities lower down the order. He further raised his stakes with a decent batting performance in the recently concluded Royal London series, where he scored 142 runs in four innings at a strike-rate of 131.48.