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  • Pakistan cricket completes a decade of ineptness - The Express Tribune
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  • NZ withstand Pakistan comeback for narrow win -
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  • Pakistan Announce Preliminary 30 Man World Cup Squad - International Cricket Council
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  • Live Cricket Score of Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI at Sharjah - Cricbuzz
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">CricbuzzLive Cricket Score of Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI at SharjahCricbuzzAfter losing to Pakistan in a keenly contested game in Dubai, New Zealand will look to level the ODI series by tasting victory in Sharjah. In the first game, Ross Taylor, made a hundred, while bowlers took wickets at regular intervals. However, New ...
  • Pakistan, NZ hunt for early momentum -
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  • India beat Pakistan to win cricket World Cup for the Blind 2014 - Sportskeeda
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">SportskeedaIndia beat Pakistan to win cricket World Cup for the Blind 2014SportskeedaThe Indian visually impaired cricket team won the Cricket World Cup for the Blind in Cape Town on Sunday. The final was an interesting game between arch rivals India and Pakistan. As expected in any India-Pakistan clash, the final was a thriller which ...
  • NZ level series with 17-run win -
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">NDTVSports.comNZ level series with 17-run winESPNcricinfo.comI can see NZ getting to the semis, but no way India will make it. Sri Lanka or Pakistan will make the semis long before India. Would be pretty interesting to see Oz, NZ & SA in the semis. The only other cricket playing country from the Southern ...
  • Kenya reach Pakistan for five-game tour - Wisden India
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comKenya reach Pakistan for five-game tourWisden IndiaThe Kenyan cricket team arrived in Lahore amid tight security on Wednesday (December 10), becoming the first non-Asian visitors to Pakistan in more than five years. Kenya are set to play five one-day matches against a second-string Pakistani team while ...
  • Ajmal, Malik in Pakistan's preliminary WC squad -
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">India.comAjmal, Malik in Pakistan's preliminary WC"At the moment, winning or losing aside, team Pakistan is performing adequately well in all three formats of the game," Moin Khan, the chief selector, said in a statement. "The belief in the think tank is that the squad holds immense potential and ...
  • Live Cricket Score of Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 3 at Sharjah - Cricbuzz
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">CricbuzzLive Cricket Score of Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 3 at SharjahCricbuzzWhen Pakistan batted, nobody fielded close to the batsmen and no bouncer was bowled. The mood was sombre as the New Zealand players did not celebrate the fall of wickets. "The game was irrelevant at that stage, that was just a natural reaction (not ...Domination but no elation for New ZealandESPNcricinfo.comBlack Caps win emotional Test in Caps score emotional innings victory over -Ahmedabad Mirrorall 1,124 news articles »

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.


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.



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.


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.


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.