Dubai: The ICC World Cup squad is likely to include 3 additional players in the Pakistan team.
India will host the world’s biggest cricket festival World Cup from October 5, the Pakistan Cricket Board has not yet announced the final names for this event.
The last date for ICC to submit 15 names for the World Cup is September 28, 2023 and in this regard, the names of Pakistan team players are expected to be announced in the next few days.
On the other hand, there are reports that the national team squad in the World Cup will consist of 30 to 32 people, according to the ICC rules, they will be obliged to pay the expenses of 23 people, while the expenses of the remaining people will be borne by the PCB. According to the spokesperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board, 3 additional players will also travel along with the 15 players of the team, but these players will not be available for selection and only fifteen names will be considered while selecting the team. However, in case of any injury. The ICC Technical Committee will be able to allow any of these names to be included in the team.
According to the PCB spokesperson, 3 additional players can practice with the national team in the World Cup, but they will stay in the hotel on the day of the match and will not be allowed to access the dressing room.
The matter of formation of the national squad has entered the final stage. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq’s consultation with team director Mickey Arthur and head coach Grant Bradburn has been completed. The poor performance of the spinners became a headache for the selection committee and the team management. To strengthen the middle order batting, former captain and wicket keeper Sarfraz Ahmed is also under consideration. The recent performance of mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed as well as spinners who have performed well in domestic cricket is also being evaluated. According to sources, the selection committee is thinking about top-order batsman Fakhar Zaman.