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I believe the Pakistan team is all set for the 2003 world cup. In players 1 to 11 and the subs you can see there is quality all round.
1 Saeed Anwar:- A world class player who has every shot in the book and who can play all through the innings. A very dangerous man.
2 Shahid Afridi:- A young and upcoming player who has hit the fastest century ever and can come up trumps on his day. Also is capable of taking a few wickets with his spin.
3 Abdur Razzaq:- A very useful all-rounder. Who is a excellent bowler and bowls good line a length. He is also and good striker of the ball who can play at number three or lower down the order.
4 Inzamam-ul-haq:- A very useful player. He may be poor in running, but can thrash any bowling attack. If he stays for long a big total is on for sure.
5 Yousuf Youhana:- A great player who makes a great partnership with Inzamam. Rotates the strike around and can play big shots when needed. Capable of building big partnerships and making big scores.
6 Younis Khan:- A great aggressive stroke player. This man has great technique and is a sweet timer of a cricket ball. He can make big partnerships and can also give a quick fire knock.
7 Azhar Mahmood:- Another excellent all-rounder. A good seam bowler who can take crucial wickets. He nearly always makes quick fire runs, but is capable of helping when his team needs him the most.
8 Rashid Latif:- A great wicket keeper who has just regained his place. He hits many unorthodox shots, which makes it hard to set a field against.
9 Wasim Akram:- A world class bowler who can destroy any line up. Regarded as one of the best bowlers of all time. He can also fire up a quick 40 - 50.
10 Saqlain Mushtaq:- Regarded as one of the best off-spinners in the world. Has a great variation who can make the ball go the other way. He is also capable of hitting a few lusty blows with the bat.
11 Waqar Younis:- A great bowler who is a great exponent of the reverse swing. He’s only second to Wasim Akram in the leading wicket takers list. Not as fast and as devastating as before, but is able to get any batsman out.
This team has a excellent balance.
9 People who can bat and can make heavy scores. 3 All-rounders who are excellent in both parts of the game. 2 Fast bowlers who can destroy any team. 2 Spinners. One who can make the ball go the other way and one who has a 70-80 mph fast ball.
When any of them are unfit they can call on heaps of other talent to fill in. Below are a few.
Imran Nazir:- A superb opening batsman. Has a variety of excellent shots. He can take the team to a good start and a big total.
Shoaib Akhtar:- Known as the ’’Rawalpindi Express’’. He is known to be the fastest bowler around. Can take a flurry of wickets and is able to destroy any team.
Shoaib Malik:- He is a clone of Saqlain who also has the ’’wrong one’’, but is a better fielder and batsman than Saqlain. He is regarded as a all-rounder.
Sami:- This youngster is a great talent. Bowls in the 90 mph bracket and can swing the ball both ways.
Salim Elahi:- A good batsmen, who is a great opener and is able to make a big partnership with Saeed.
Faisal Iqbal:- Javed miandad’s nephew. Has a similar all round game. He has a solid defence and is hard to get out.
There top or bottom order can fire. They also have a great bowling line-up. They have some young new talent who are excellent fielders.
Pakistan possess some great new talent with a few greats. This team is capable of beating any team in the world. They have a great chance of winning in the 2003 World cup
Excellent review and I am a bit of a fan of cricket. Well analysed and I agree they have a great chance with quality players. But then again its pretty similar in all the other top teams in the world too like Australia and definitely South Africa with their all rounders! It will be awsome nonetheless come 2003 :) Fiz
blackbrough 13.06.2001 17:09
Good op! I must agree, they will do well, but they do have their retiring players! I think England will be pretty close too, we have Trescothick, Brown, Shah and many more coming into the team, it will be interesting to see! I must agree about the fielding, but they had some great catches against England, and as they say, Catches win matches!!! Cheers, Dan :)