The Pakistan team for the tour of England is expected to consist of 17 players. The team usually have 15 players but the selection committee will name two additional players.
The probable players for the World Cup includes Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shoaib Malik, Faheem Ashraf, Usman ShinWari, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez
Young fast-bowler Mohammad Hasnain along with batsmen Asif Ali and Abid Ali are also under consideration.
The Pakistan team is scheduled to play two World Cup practice matches on the May 24 and 27, respectively.
Head Coach Mickey Arthur took the advice of Bowling Coach Azhar Mahmood and Batting Coach Grant Flower in order to formulate a list of probable names for the series against England.
Arthur will now meet Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq to finalize the plans for the World Cup. This plan involves the fitness test and camp scheduling as well.
Changes can be made to the finalized squad before May 21, after which a player can only be substituted in the event of an injury. Substitution in this case requires the approval of the International Cricket Council (ICC) technical committee.
Lately Arthur said addressing a press conference
“The other thing that’s important for us is having an option with two game plans,” Arthur said.
“I’m saying two game plans because the weather in England at any given time is very unpredictable, so we need an option where we have our spinners, who are able to suffocate through the middle overs because the key for us to win one-day games is about taking wickets through that middle period.
“Either we do that with two spinners or little bit of reverse-swing if the weather stays dry, or if the weather is wet over that period of time there, we have to have an option of a seam-bowling all-rounder who can come in and bat at No. 7 for us.
He added that “we’re very close, we’ve covered all our bases in terms of our personnel at the moment.”