Ahead of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, each participating team has been sweating in the field in order to grab this year’s CWC trophy and same goes with Pakistan also. In order to eliminate every distraction during the most important cricket tournament, Pakistan Cricket Board has imposed a ban on travelling of wives and families along with the cricketers. This comes after the very disappointing defeat of Pakistan against England in the recently concluded ODI series in which wives and families were allowed to travel with squad by the cricket authorities.
The new policy has been applied on all the 15 members of World Cup squad except superstar batsman Haris Sohail who as been allowed special dispensation only on personal grounds. Earlier the families and wives were allowed to travel with Pakistani players during their international cricket tournaments. Not only this, they also have the permission to share hotel rooms with their families but after back-to-back defeats authorities got serious about their rules and regulations.
Moreover, Ten Sports and PTV have been selected as the official broadcaster of Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2019 by International Cricket Council.
The green army will open their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31st at Trent Bridge but before commencing their cricket cup journey the squad will play two warm-up fixtures, one is against Afghanistan team at Bristol Stadium on May 24 and second will be against Bangladesh at Cardiff Stadium on May 26, 2019. Earlier this month, Pakistan squad lost their five-match One Day International series against hosting team England with the margin of 4-0 while the the opening match was washed-out due to bad weather conditions.
The 12th edition of 50-over showpiece event will kick-start from May 30 with the mouth-watering opening match between the hosting team England and South Africa at Oval Stadium, London.
Pakistan squad for ICC World Cup 2019: Sarfraz Ahmed (Skipper and Wicket-Keeper), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi