Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam, right, and Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al Hasan wait for the coin toss before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam hugs Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al Hasan before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023.
Bangladesh has qualification for the 2025 Champions Trophy more in mind than qualifying for the semifinals in the World Cup after losing five consecutive games since it’s opening win over Afghanistan. Pakistan has a slim chance to sneak into the semifinals, but it needs to win its remaining three group games and rely on plenty of other results going in its favor.England collapses again, India extends perfect record at the Cricket World CupBabar Azam’s Pakistan lineup beat qualifiers Netherlands and Sri Lanka before losing to archrival India, Australia, Afghanistan and the Proteas.He has recovered from his knee injury that kept him on the bench and replaced out of form Imam-ul-Haq.
Pakistan recalled Usama Mir and Salman Ali Agha, replacing Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz. Mir came in as concussion substitute in the last game when Shadab got a knock on his head while fielding. The Pakistan Cricket Board said its medical panel “had no choice but to rule out” Shadab after thoroughly assessing his fitness. headtopics.com
Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, playing in his 51st ODI, needs one wicket to become the fastest in ODI history to get to 100 wickets. Australia’s left-arm fast bowler Mitchel Starc holds the record to achieve the feat in 52 ODIs.
Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf