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  • The Great Game - Newsweek Pakistan
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  • Game on in Dubai as Pakistan finally face a challenge - The National
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  • Live Cricket Score of Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 2 at Dubai - Cricbuzz
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  • Home and away at the same time ... Pakistan cricket's toughest test - New Zealand Herald
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">India.comHome and away at the same time ... Pakistan cricket's toughest testNew Zealand HeraldChishty Mujahid is a former chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board and has broadcast and written on the game for 48 years. He says playing in the UAE is the most pragmatic solution. "I don't think the security situation allows Pakistani cricket ...
  • Live Cricket Score of Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Sheikh Zayed ... - Cricbuzz
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">CricbuzzLive Cricket Score of Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Sheikh Zayed ...
  • Mohammad Asif yearns to play cricket for Pakistan again - Cricbuzz
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  • Brief hope for Black Caps as test ends in draw - Stuff.co.nz
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comBrief hope for Black Caps as test ends in drawStuff.co.nzPace duo Tim Southee and Trent Boult helped reduce Pakistan to 75-4 with 40 overs remaining and it looked game on for the Black Caps. But in favourable conditions for spin bowling, with some variable bounce, Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig couldn't sustain ...Most runs in a year for SarfrazESPNcricinfo.comPakistan battle for draw in second Test with New Zealand in DubaiSkySportsPakistan salvage draw in DubaiSport24Cricket Country -Sportskeedaall 381 news articles »
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  • Exploring the soul of Pakistan's cricket team: lazy, impatient and brilliant - The Guardian
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">The GuardianExploring the soul of Pakistan's cricket team: lazy, impatient and brilliantThe GuardianNow in his fourth game back, he'd first steadied Pakistan with the bat: his 75 from 65 balls, plump with loudly cheered singles and doubles, meant Pakistan survived being 97 for 6. The innings was slow by Afridi's standards but his best and most adult ...

Pakistan ICC World Cup 2011 Profile

Pakistan has the propensity to win in the most unlikely of scenarios.
Pakistan has the propensity to win in the most unlikely of scenarios.

Strength

Pakistan has the tendency to bounce off any adversity and often surprise the world in cricket. Their win in the 1992 World Cup was the biggest case in point. Everything looks dead and buried for the side in the middle of the tournament and they were one game away from being knocked out. Instead, they had not only lifted themselves well but also gone on to win that cup. The side has the propensity to win in the most unlikely of scenarios.

 

Weakness

One gets the sense that the side needs a leader who can bind the team together like glue. In Shahid Afridi, one may have a small percentage of what Imran Khan was once for the side, but they need something much more. Already Afridi has been involved in far too many controversies to be liked by all within the side and if there is the one issue that the side could have is their lack of unity.

Opportunity

Pakistan were going to host the World Cup along with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. And then the security situation deteriorated so badly in the country that not only were the hosting rights of the World Cup snatched away from them, but there has also not been too much cricket played in Pakistan since. The World Cup will be a perfect opportunity for the side to get together and gain some of the lost mileage back by stringing together some good results.

Threat

Often, the off the field issues have threatened to derail the Pakistani team. However, 2010 was an exception. Not only did the controversies had the better of the team, things had come to such a stand that there was a good chance that the Pakistan Cricket Board could have received sanctions from the ICC for allowing corruption to continue to rule the roost. Match-fixing is a big issue that could still exist and cause much concern amongst the fans.

Previous Record

Pakistan have won the World Cup once before and that came in 1992. Apart from that win, they have been the losing finalists in 1999 when they were crushed by the ruthless Aussies, while entering the semi-finals in 1979 and 1987. In 1996, they were eliminated by India in a quarter-final battle in Bangalore, while in 2003 and 2007 they were shocking ousters from the first round of the competitions. Unfortunately for them, they have never won against arch-rivals India in the World Cup.

Expected Captain

As things currently stand, Shahid Afridi will captain the side but one can never tell with Pakistan cricket. The PCB has already asked the ICC for approval for the list of players it can choose and it will be difficult to predict who gets to lead the side.

Players to look out for

Abdul Razzaq is the one all-rounder who has shown a sense of adaptability to any situation and he will be the one to carry his side’s hopes. Apart from Afridi, the other player who could do well is Umar Gul with his ability to bowl the yorker-length deliveries towards the end of the innings.