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The Pakistani team is a formidable opponent for any side. They were crowned champions at the 1992 World Cup. It was a remarkable victory for them as they tackled the fast bouncy pitches of Australia.
They again came close to winning it a second time in 1999 but were defeated by Australia.
Pakistan has been playing cricket after gaining independence in 1947. Before that players from those regions used to represent India. Some of the legendary Pakistani players are Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Asif Iqbal, Zaheer Abbas, Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
The Pakistani team relies mainly on their batting and pace bowlers. In Shoaib Akhtar they have the fastest bowler in the world. During the 2003 World Cup, he became the first bowler to break the 100 mph barrier. He is nicknamed the Rawalpindi Express, as he comes from that place. Mohammed Asif is a new bowler who has impressed everybody with his speed and accuracy. In the batting department, they have such stalwarts like Inzamam ul Haq, Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousuf to rely on. On any given day each of them has the capacity to single-handedly take the game away from the opposition.The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the 15-member Pakistani World Cup Squad which is as follows:
Pakistan Cricket team Squad for Cricket World Cup 2015
|Misbah ul Haq||May 28, 1974||Captain, Batsman||Right Hand Bat||Leg Break|
|Ahmed Shehzad||Nov 23, 1991||Vice Captain, Batsman||Right Hand Bat||Legbreak|
|Younis Khan||Nov 29, 1977||Batsman||Right Hand Bat||Right Arm Medium|
|Junaid Khan||Dec 24, 1989||Bowler||Right Hand Bat||Left Arm Fast|
|Sarfaraz Ahmed||May 22, 1987||Wicketkeeper||Right Hand Bat|
|Mohammad Hafeez||Oct 17, 1980||All Rounder||Right Hand Bat||Right Arm Offbreak|
|Mohammad Irfan||Jun 6, 1982||Bowler||Right Hand Bat||Left Arm Fast|
|Harris Sohail||Jan 9, 1989||Batsman||Left Hand Bat||Left Arm Alow|
|Shahid Afridi||Mar 1, 1980||All Rounder||Right Hand Bat||Legbreak Googly|
|Yasir Shah||May 2, 1986||Bowler||Right Hand Bat||Legbreak|
|Wahab Riaz||Jun 28, 1985||Bowler||Right Hand Bat||Left Arm Fast|
|Sohaib Maqsood||Apr 15, 1987||Batsman||Right Hand Bat||Right Arm Offbreak|
|Sohail Khan||Mar 6, 1984||Bowler||Right Hand Bat||Right Arm Medium Fast|
|Umar Akmal||May 26, 1990||Batsman||Right Hand Bat|
|Ehsan Adil||Mar 15, 1993||Bowler||Right Hand Bat||Right Arm Medium Fast|