The Stage for the Cricket World Cup is all set. The cricket stars are already training hard to prepare themselves for the encounter. The world cup will start on 14th February 2015 with the top class teams engaging in the battle for the cup. In the Pool A, the participating teams are Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Srl Lanka. In the Pool B, the participating teams are India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, West Indies and Zimbabwe. The cricket squad for the cricket world cup has high hopes attached to it. This world cup is gaining momentum with time and the team players need to be focused on their target.
The cricket squad will have Misbah-ul-Haq, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Younis Khan, Harris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali. Rahat Ali has been called on as a replacement for Junaid Khan, after he sustained a hamstring injury during a training camp for the two ODI tours of New Zealand and ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 last month. The Event Technical committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 approved Rahat Ali for the squad.
Pakistan is in the Pool B of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with the defending champions India, former winner West Indies and their African rivals, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Pakistan will play its opening match against India at the Adelaide Oval on the 15th of February. Pakistan’s second match will be against West Indies at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on 21st February. Its 3rd match will be against Zimbabwe at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane on 1st March, while its 4rth match will be against the United Arab Emirates at McLean Park, Napier on the 4rth of March. It will face South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland on 7th March. Its final match of the first round will be against Ireland at Adelaide Oval on 15th March.
Pakistan will face some of the finest teams in its first round and will have to play at its best in order to qualify for the quarter finals. India, South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe are in good form and are a tough competition. Pakistani fans are hopeful that their team will shine and perform their best. Much hype is being created by the Pakistani media, especially with the remix of the world cup 92 song. Let’s see, if Pakistan is able to revive the 92 glory and repeat the victory of the 92 world cup.