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Team Combination

Top Order:
In this era of power hitting at the top, the top
order looks outdated. The selectors have gone
for solidity over flair by selecting Azhar Ali.
Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali will have their
task cut out on tracks that are expected to be
flat.So much rests on the shoulders of the new
batting sensation, Babar Azam. He has a had
quite a start to his international career.
Pakistan will be hoping he continues his
dream run in ODIs.

Middle-Order:
Hafeez comes into the tournament on the
back of an excellent series against West
Indies.He will be hoping his luck changes
for the better against South Africa, given
that his bete noir Dale Steyn is injured.
Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik will be hoping that
his good run continues when Pakistan front
up against arch-rivals India. Captain Sarfraz
Ahmed with his unorthodox methods has the
potential to be the X-Factor in this team.
Pakistan's team management will do well to
use him as a floater in the line-up to put
pressure on the opponents.

The bowling line-up doesn't look as
menacing as some of the attacks from the past.
The pace attack comprises of
Amir, Wahab, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali
and the uncapped Fahim Ashraf.
They faltered to deceive during the ODI
series in England last year.


It will be interesting to
see how they cope this time around.
Shadab Khan raised quite a few eyebrows
after his performances in Pakistan
Super League as well as in the Caribbean tour.
Imad Wasim and Shadab can form a lethal
partnership and apply the brakes in the
middle overs for Pakistan.

Opponents and Key Tactics


Pakistan open their campaign against India on 4th June.
With no Misbah around, it will be interesting to see
how the youngsters respond to the pressure of a high
octane clash. India have not seen much of Shadab and
Babar Azam and they can very well turn out to be the
trump cards. It will be also interesting to see whether
Pakistan unleash Shadab against India. If Shadab does play,
we may be in for an enthralling contest between him and the
famed but shaky Indian middle-order. That duel can decide
the contest.

South Africa
On paper, South Africa look formidable but
the memory of 2015 World Cup will be fresh in the minds
of the Proteas. As a result one can expect them to come
hard at the Pakistanis. Pakistan will be hoping that their
batting order can stand tall against South Africa's
world-class bowling line-up for them to have any chance
of winning.

Sri Lanka
Pakistan will fancy their chances against a Sri Lankan
side that is in transition since, well, forever.
Pakistan have enough depth and quality to get the
better of the current Sri Lankan side.

Recent ODI Performances


Pakistan will be raring to go after a tough assignment in
West Indies. Though they managed to win the series in all
the formats, they were severely tested and stretched which
will keep them in good stead heading into the Champions
Trophy.

When Pakistan played in England last year, they came a
distant third in a two-horse race. There was a silver
lining though at the end. Pakistan avoided a 5-0
whitewash by chasing a 300-plus score.

Predicted Outcome – The tournament will count as a
success for Pakistan if they manage to qualify for
the knock-outs. They should breeze past Sri Lanka.
They will be hoping that the English sun shines on
them when they take on India and South Africa. May
be they could do with some Cornered Tigers T-shirts.

Probable XI:

1. Ahmed Shehzad
2. Azhar Ali
3. Babar Azam
4. Mohammad Hafeez
5. Shoaib Malik
6. Sarfraz Ahmed(C/wk)
7. Imad Wasim
8. Shadab Khan
9. Mohammad Amir
10.Hasan Ali
11.Junaid Khan/Wahab Riaz

Team Combination
Top Order:
In this era of power hitting at the top, the top order looks outdated. The selectors have gone for solidity over flair by selecting Azhar Ali. Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali will have their task cut out on tracks that are expected to be flat. So much rests on the shoulders of the new batting sensation, Babar Azam. He has a had quite a start to his international career. Pakistan will be hoping he continues his dream run in ODIs.

Middle-Order:
Hafeez comes into the tournament on the back of an excellent series against West Indies. He will be hoping his luck changes for the better against South Africa, given that his bete noir Dale Steyn is injured. Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik will be hoping that his good run continues when Pakistan front up against arch-rivals India. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed with his unorthodox methods has the potential to be the X-Factor in this team. Pakistan's team management will do well to use him as a floater in the line-up to put pressure on the opponents.

The bowling line-up doesn't look as menacing as some of the attacks from the past. The pace attack comprises of Amir, Wahab, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali and the uncapped Fahim Ashraf. They faltered to deceive during the ODI series in England last year. It will be interesting to see how they cope this time around. Shadab Khan raised quite a few eyebrows after his performances in Pakistan Super League as well as in the Caribbean tour. Imad Wasim and Shadab can form a lethal partnership and apply the brakes in the middle overs for Pakistan.

Opponents and Key Tactics
Pakistan open their campaign against India on 4th June. With no Misbah around, it will be interesting to see how the youngsters respond to the pressure of a high octane clash. India have not seen much of Shadab and Babar Azam and they can very well turn out to be the trump cards. It will be also interesting to see whether Pakistan unleash Shadab against India. If Shadab does play, we may be in for an enthralling contest between him and the famed but shaky Indian middle-order. That duel can decide the contest.

South Africa
On paper, South Africa look formidable but the memory of 2015 World Cup will be fresh in the minds of the Proteas. As a result one can expect them to come hard at the Pakistanis. Pakistan will be hoping that their batting order can stand tall against South Africa's world-class bowling line-up for them to have any chance of winning.

Sri Lanka
Pakistan will fancy their chances against a Sri Lankan side that is in transition since, well, forever. Pakistan have enough depth and quality to get the better of the current Sri Lankan side.

Recent ODI Performances
Pakistan will be raring to go after a tough assignment in West Indies. Though they managed to win the series in all the formats, they were severely tested and stretched which will keep them in good stead heading into the Champions Trophy.

When Pakistan played in England last year, they came a distant third in a two-horse race. There was a silver lining though at the end. Pakistan avoided a 5-0 whitewash by chasing a 300-plus score.

Predicted Outcome – The tournament will count as a success for Pakistan if they manage to qualify for the knock-outs. They should breeze past Sri Lanka. They will be hoping that the English sun shines on them when they take on India and South Africa. May be they could do with some Cornered Tigers T-shirts.

Probable XI:
1. Ahmed Shehzad
2. Azhar Ali
3. Babar Azam
4. Mohammad Hafeez
5. Shoaib Malik
6. Sarfraz Ahmed(C/wk)
7. Imad Wasim
8. Shadab Khan
9. Mohammad Amir
10.Hasan Ali
11.Junaid Khan/Wahab Riaz