The green shirts are all set to kick start the final preparations for the next world cup. They are scheduled to meet the Afghani boys today at Bristol and will play Bangladesh next at Cardiff on Sunday. So, here is a look at talking points before Pakistan begins playing ICC warm-ups.
Should Define Pakistan’s Top XII
The side games should define Pakistan’s top XII at least for the initial games of the mega event. Pakistan are likely to try Shoaib Malik, Mohd. Hafeez, Mohd. Amir, Wahab Riaz and Shahdab Khan during both practice games. Hence, Haris Sohail, Mohd. Hasnain and Shaheen Afridi might miss out.
Will Give A Fair Idea About Imam, Shadab, Amir and Riaz
The warm-ups should give a fair idea about Imam-ul-Haq’s fitness who received a blow on the arm during the fourth ODI against England as well as Shadab Khan who has just recovered from Hepatitis. The games should also serve as a litmus test for the out of form Mohd. Amir and Shoaib Malik as well as the comeback boy Wahab Riaz.
Won’t Suggest If Pakistan Are Ready Or Not
Nevertheless, Pakistan are an unpredictable team and can blow hot and cold any moment. Hence, their performance during the warm-ups in no way can suggest if they are ready for ICC world cup or not.