Cricket: Mercurial Pakistan pin World Cup hopes on rising generation (Singapore) – KARACHI: Pakistan are pinning their hopes for World Cup glory on a crop of youngsters who have the talent to beat anybody but could also pay for their lack of experience.


  • The side have only won the showpiece 50-over tournament once – under the captaincy of current Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in 1992.
  • Leg-spinner Shadab Khan could be a dangerman for Pakistan at the World Cup AFP/Christiaan Kotze “All I know is the players are very determined to do well.
  • Pakistan boast enviable options in attack, with 19-year-olds Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain part of a pace battery led by Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan.
  • Hasan grabbed 13 wickets to help Pakistan win the Champions Trophy in England two years ago, finishing as player of the tournament.
  • Pakistan’s batting is more vulnerable but is led by the dependable Babar Azam, 24, who is ranked seventh in the ODI batting rankings and scored a century against England at Trent Bridge last week.

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