KARACHI: Pakistan Prime Minister and World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed worries over the countrywide group’s arrangements for the imminent ICC World Cup in England. The cricketer-grew to become baby-kisser also expressed reservations over the national team’s choice procedure, all through an assembly with the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani and other top officers of the board in Islamabad.

The sixty-six-year-old, who had led Pakistan to their only World Cup identity in 1992, asked the PCB leader to make certain that the chosen manner of national players is remodeled and the exceptional viable team is dispatched to the World Cup. The national selectors and crew management have are available for criticism for resting six key gamers from the continued collection towards Australia. Besides giving rest to captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Hassan Ali, Babar Azam, Hassan Ali, and Shaheen Shah Afridi, the selectors and group control also decided to send returned allrounder Faheem Ashraf after the second match.


“Mani assured the Prime Minister that the board is making all efforts to ensure that the choice procedure for the countrywide team receives better,” a PCB official stated. The authentic stated that Imran had also advised the PCB officers that they ought to work closer to making sure that every one of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) suits subsequent 12 months is held everywhere in the country and now not just in Karachi and Lahore.
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MUMBAI: India is a class outfit, but they will cross into this yr’s World Cup with a smooth underbelly having didn’t determine quite a number four, former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar stated. With the skilled partnership of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan locked in as openers and captain Virat Kohli coming in in the beginning drop, the twice champions have a top order the rival of any in the game. However, selectors retain to fret over who bats after the second one wicket falls with a chain of candidates having fluffed their auditions.

Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul, and Dinesh Karthik have all been trialed for the variety four spot and been observed wanting. Ambati Rayudu emerged because the maximum probably desires to fill the berth, but scores of 13, 18, and within the first three matches of the latest domestic series towards world champions Australia broken his reason.

The hosts ended up losing the series three-2 and Manjrekar felt India were again to square one with no greater ODIs scheduled before the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales, where India can be seeking to add to their 1983 and 2011 triumphs. “There became most effective one little gap that had to be crammed that’s number four and getting some interesting options at four, five, six,” Manjrekar stated.

“They attempted quite some human beings, and I do not begrudge them that. I don’t assume that became incorrect. It’s just disappointing that the players have no longer used the possibility to cement their locations. “Like, Ambati Rayudu had a superb opportunity. He was given a ninety in New Zealand, and I thought it’s achieved. But then he fails in the following couple of innings, after which a great ball will suddenly get him out, and you form of losing religion in him as the number 4. Vijay Shankar’s rise as a handy, nerveless all-rounder became one definite gain from the Australia collection. With India’s first preference tempo-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya injured, Shankar proved he should drift within the batting order and maintain his nerve in the death overs with the ball in hand.

Manjrekar, who performed 37 checks and seventy-four ODIs for India before turning his hand to media punditry, said that Shankar changed into his choice to fill the range four spots.
“Your wide variety 4 has were given to have a little little bit of elegance because in England you may be 20-2 so that you were given to have somebody who will just weather the storm and then take India close to three hundred runs,” he said.
“That best range four India nevertheless haven’t determined, and I do not think they may discover it now. So while India goes into the World Cup, it’s a category crew with true magnificence in bowling and batting but with a soft underbelly so that it will be their middle order. Vijay Shankar is my cutting-edge range four — now not the perfect variety 4 but from the applicants that we’ve got; he’s my number 4.”