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We’re just hours away from the 2019 Cricket World Cup 2nd semi final between one of the oldest rivalries in the sport. Today, we’ll see England take on Australia in a battle to secure a spot in the cricket world cup final!

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TEAM SQUADS FOR WORLD CUP 2019

ICC cricket world cup will be held in England and Wales from 30 May 2019 to 14 July 2019 in which 10 teams are going to take part and play for the title. These ten teams include England (host), India, Pakistan, Australia, West Indies, Afghanistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Bangladesh. In round one, all these 10 teams play with each other to make their position in the top four which then face each other in the playoffs and ultimately the best one “winner team” lift up the winner’s trophy. ICC restrict the teams to announce their respective squads a week before world cup 2019, dated 23rd of April 2019. The squads of the teams are as:

ENGLAND WORLD CUP 2019 SQUAD:

In this world cup 2019, England cricket team will be led by Eoin Morgan. The 15 member squad of England cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Eoin Morgan (C) Batsman
02 James Vince Batsman
03 Joe Root Batsman
04 Jason Roy Batsman
05 Ben Stokes Batting All-rounder
06 Moeen Ali Batting All-rounder
07 Chris Woakes Bowling All-rounder
08 Tom Curran Bowling All-rounder
09 Liam Dawson Bowling All-rounder
10 Jofra Archer Bowling All-rounder
11 Jonny Bairstow WK-Batsman
12 Jos Buttler WK-Batsman
13 Liam Plunkett Bowler
14 Adil Rashid Bowler
15 Mark Wood Bowler

AUSTRALIAN WORLD CUP 2019 SQUAD:

Australians are the defending champions of the world cup. In this world cup 2019, Australian cricket team will be led by Aaron Finch. The 15 member squad of Australian cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Aaron Finch (C) Batsman
02 David Warner Batsman
03 Usman Khawaja Batsman
04 Steven Smith Batsman
05 Shaun Marsh Batsman
06 Glenn Maxwell Batting All-rounder
07 Marcus Stoinis Batting All-rounder
08 Alex Carey WK-Batsman
09 Kane Richardson Bowler
10 Pat Cummins Bowler
11 Nathan Coulter-Nile Bowler
12 Mitchell Starc Bowler
13 Jason Behrendroff Bowler
14 Adam Zampa Bowler
15 Nathon Lyon Bowler

PAKISTAN WORLD CUP 2019 SQUAD:

In this world cup 2019, Pakistan cricket team will be led by Sarfaraz Ahmed. The 15 member squad of Pakistan cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Fakhar Zaman Batsman
02 Imam Ul Haq Batsman
03 Asif Ali Batsman
04 Babar Azam Batsman
05 Shoaib Malik Batting All-rounder
06 Mohammad Hafeez Batting All-rounder
07 Haris Sohail Batting All-rounder
08 Shadab Khan Bowling All-rounder
09 Imad Wasim Bowling All-rounder
10 Sarfaraz Ahmed (C) WK-Batsman
11 Shaheen Afridi Bowler
12 Hasan Ali Bowler
13 Mohammad Hasnain Bowler
14 Wahab Riaz Bowler
15 Mohammad Amir Bowler

INDIAN WORLD CUP 2019 SQUAD:

In this world cup 2019, Indian cricket team will be led by Virat Kohli. The 15 member squad of Indian cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Rohit Sharma Batsman
02 Shikhar Dhawan Batsman
03 Virat Kohli (C) Batsman
04 Vijay Shankar Batting All-rounder
05 Hardik Pandya Batting All-rounder
06 Kedar Jadhav Batting All-rounder
07 Ravindra Jadeja Bowling All-rounder
08 Lokesh Rahul WK-Batsman
09 MS Dhoni WK-Batsman
10 Dinesh Karthik WK-Batsman
11 Mohammed Shami Bowler
12 Bhuvneshwar Kumar Bowler
13 Kuldeep Yadav Bowler
14 Jasprit Bumrah Bowler
15 Yuzvendra Chahal Bowler

WEST INDIES WORLD CUP SQUAD:

In this world cup 2019, West Indies cricket team will be led by Jason Holder. The 15 member squad of West Indies cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Chris Gayle Batsman
02 Evin Lewis Batsman
03 Darren Bravo Batsman
04 Shimron Hetmyer Batsman
05 Ashley Nurse Batting All-rounder
06 Fabian Allen Batting All-rounder
07 Andre Russell Bowling All-rounder
08 Carlos Brathwaite Bowling All-rounder
09 Jason Holder (C) Bowling All-rounder
10 Nicholas Pooran WK-Batsman
11 Shai Hope WK-Batsman
12 Kemar Roach Bowler
13 Shannon Gabriel Bowler
14 Sheldon Cottrell Bowler
15 Oshane Thomas Bowler

AFGHANISTAN WORLD CUP 2019 SQUAD:

In this world cup 2019, Afghanistan cricket team will be led by Gulbadin Naib. The 15 member squad of Afghanistan cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Noor Ali Zadran Batsman
02 Hazratullah Zazai Batsman
03 Asghar Afghan Batsman
04 Hashmatullah shahidi Batsman
05 Najibullah Zadran Batsman
06 Rahmat Shah Batting All-rounder
07 Samiullah Shenwari Batting All-rounder
08 Gulbadin Naib (C) Bowling All-rounder
09 Mohammad Nabi Bowling All-rounder
10 Mohammad Shahzad WK-Batsman
11 Rashid Khan Bowler
12 Dawlat Zadran Bowler
13 Aftab Alam Bowler
14 Hamid Hassan Bowler
15 Mujeeb Ur Rahman Bowler

NEW ZEALAND WORLD CUP SQUAD:

In this world cup 2019, New Zealand cricket team will be led by Kane Williamson. The 15 member squad of New Zealand cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Kane Williamson (C) Batsman
02 Martin Guptill Batsman
03 Ross Taylor Batsman
04 Colin De Grandhomme Batting All-rounder
05 Colin Munro Batting All-rounder
06 James Neesham Batting All-rounder
07 Mitchell Santner Bowling All-rounder
08 Tom Blundell WK-Batsman
09 Tom Latham WK-Batsman
10 Henry Nicholls WK-Batsman
11 Trent Boult Bowler
12 Matt Henry Bowler
13 Ish Sodhi Bowler
14 Tim Southee Bowler
15 Lockie Ferguson Bowler

SRI LANKAN WORLD CUP SQUAD:

In this world cup 2019, Srilankan cricket team will be led by Dimuth Karunaratne. The 15 member squad of Srilankan cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Dimuth Karunaratne (C) Batsman
02 Avishka Fernando Batsman
03 Lahiru Thirimanne Batsman
04 Angelo Mathews Batting All-rounder
05 Dhananjaya de Silva Batting All-rounder
06 Isuru Udana Batting All-rounder
07 Milinda Siriwardana Batting All-rounder
08 Thisara Perera Bowling All-rounder
09 Jeevan Mendis Bowling All-rounder
10 Kusal Perera WK-Batsman
11 Kusal Mendis WK-Batsman
12 Jeffrey Vandersy Bowler
13 Lasith Malinga Bowler
14 Suranga Lakmal Bowler
15 Nuwan Pradeep Bowler

BANGLADESH WORLD CUP SQUAD:

In this world cup 2019, Bangladesh cricket team will be led by Mashrafe Mortaza. The 15 member squad of Bangladesh cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Tamim Iqbal Batsman
02 Soumya  Sarkar Batsman
03 Sabbir Rahman Batsman
04 Mahmudullah Batting All-rounder
05 Mohammad Saifuddin Batting All-rounder
06 Mosaddek Hossain Batting All-rounder
07 Shakib Al Hasan Batting All-rounder
08 Mehidy Hasan Bowling All-rounder
09 Liton Das WK-Batsman
10 Mushfiqur Rahim WK-Batsman
11 Mohammad Mithun WK-Batsman
12 Mashrafe Mortaza Bowler
13 Rubel Hossain Bowler
14 Mustafizur Rahman Bowler
15 Abu Jayed Bowler

SOUTH AFRICAN WORLD CUP SQUAD:

In this world cup 2019, South African cricket team will be led by Faf du Plessis. The 15 member squad of South African cricket team is:

S.NO PLAYER NAME SPECIFIC ROLE
01 Faf du Plessis (C) Batsman
02 David Miller Batsman
03 Hashim Amla Batsman
04 Aiden Markram Batsman
05 Rassie van der Dussen Batsman
06 Jean-Paul Duminy Batting All-rounder
07 Andile Phehlukwayo Bowling All-rounder
08 Dwaine Pretorius Bowling All-rounder
09 Chris Morris Bowling All-rounder
10 Quinton de Kock WK-Batsman
11 Kagiso Rabada Bowler
12 Lungi Ngidi Bowler
13 Imran Tahir Bowler
14 Dale Styen Bowler
15 Tabraiz Shamsi Bowler
Ball Tampering Cases

TOP 8 Ball Tampering Controversies in Cricket

CONTROVERSIES, CHEATING AND THE CRICKET WORLD

Cricket world, cricket, and the cricketers are always surrounded by controversies. Controversies and cricket go hand in hand. There have always been controversial happenings inside and outside the playing field however this modern-day cricket has come a long way in scrutinizing the causes with some new ICC rules and code of conduct.

Whenever there is a mega-event such as ICC World Cup or any other mega tournament there is always a great chance of controversies popping up due to the competitive nature of the game. This gentlemen game demands a fair play with big hearts and sportsmen spirit which sometimes is found lacking or players overtrying their part to get results for sides no matter what reason controversies are bound to occur.

Recently cricketing world have been largely dealing with controversies like MATCH FIXING, SPOT FIXING, and BALL TAMPERING.

BALL TAMPERING IN CRICKET:

There is a long past history of ball tampering in cricket and sadly such cases came out from some of the biggest names in the game. In good old days, there were no such rules which prevented the tampering with certain things and the coin, the bottle cap and the nails were common tools of players to tamper with the Ball. But with the advent of Reverse swing, everyone wanted to make the ball swing in the air and hence players figured ways to tamper with the ball to get the desired effect.

WHAT IS BALL TAMPERING?

Ball tampering is an unlawful act in the game of cricket in which alteration of the surface of the ball is done by the fielders or the bowler itself to interfere with the aerodynamics of the ball and to aid its movement in the air.

According to the cricket law, fielders and the bowlers are only allowed to shine the ball or to dry the ball with the towel if the ball is wet. If anyone wants to remove dirt from the ball it is done in the supervision of on-field umpires. If the surface of the ball is altered by the fingernail, rubbing on the ground, or by any other sharp object, it will be in the context of ball tampering.

PURPOSE BEHIND THE BALL TAMPERING:

The main and foremost purpose behind the ball tampering is to get the ball to swing or bring to obtain favorable bowling conditions. Normally, players apply saliva to shine the one surface of the ball which helps them to swing the ball with the shine which is legal however in case of ball tampering, players rub the surface of the ball by sharp objects like Nails, spikes, bottle caps, sandpapers which alter the surface of the ball and because of this act ball swings more in the air. Bowlers also get a reverse swing which is gold in the death overs and very difficult for the batsmen to deal with.

BUT WHAT IS REVERSE SWING?

This whole thing works on the principal of Air pressure, as on shiny surface air can flow smoothly whereas on the rough surfaces its flow is not smooth, In case of cricket ball the difference of ball surface condition on either side of the seam can make on side of the ball experience lesser air pressure and thus ball swings that way. Cricket Ball has to be shiny on one side and rough on the other to be able to swing in the air commonly referred to as REVERSE SWING. Which is indeed very difficult to play.

Players usually do tamper the ball whenever there are unfavorable conditions for bowling. Tampered ball swings much which helps bowler to do something better with the ball in such a difficult situation.

HISTORY OF BALL TAMPERING:

Cricket history is full of such incidents where a single individual or a few teammates were involved in ball tampering. Ball tampering causes serious damage to the integrity of this game. Ball tampering not only damaged the image of the game but also some fine careers of great players as they were banned for years or fined from their match fee. In the past, there are so many legendary cricketers who were also involved in such sorts of activities directly or indirectly. Waqar Younus was the first who receive a suspension and fined 50% of his match fees in 2000.

MICHAEL ATHERTON:England

England’s captain Michael Atherton against South Africa in a test match in 1994 at lords was accused of ball tampering. Atherton caught by the cameras when he put his hand in his pocket and then rub something on the ball. Atherton denied that allegation of ball tampering and give a statement that he had dirt in his pocket which he used to dry his hands. This whole infamous episode is termed as “dirt in the pocket”.

WAQAR YOUNIS:

Waqar Younis, a Pakistani legendary fast bowler known for his accuracy, pace and deadly Yorkers was also involved in Ball tampering activity in 2000 where he received a suspension and 50% of his match fees for his role in ball tampering. He was the first player to officially receive a suspension and was fined for ball tampering.

SACHIN TENDULKAR:

Even the Masters can at time flaunter and can be found wanting in this cruel game of cricket. Sachin Tendulkar who is probably the “King of modern-day Cricket” was allegedly involved in one such case. In 2001 against South Africa in a test match, match referee suspended Tendulkar for ball tampering. Tendulkar denied the allegation and said that he only removed a piece of grass which was stuck in the seam and was not involved in tampering of any kind. meanwhile, took notice and later ICC removed all the charges on Tendulkar for ball tampering, though ICC still said that he cleaned the ball without the permission of the umpires which is against the ICC code of conduct and the rules of the game.

RAHUL DRAVID:

In 2004 in Australian tri-series against Zimbabwe Rahul Dravid who was a very established and seasoned cricketer from India was caught by the cameras when he was engaging in questionable activities with the ball used. He apparently rubbed the shiny surface of the ball. Rahul Dravid was fined 50% of his match fee for his wrongdoings.

ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM:

Marcus Trescothick admitted in his autobiography, that he used mint saliva to polish the side of the ball which remain for a long time and gave the ball more swing. This admission came 3 years after the conclusion of the ashes 2005 series in which England beat Australia 2-1.

PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM:

In 2006, Pakistani Team was penalized by the match umpires for tampering with the ball. In this Test match between Pakistan vs England, Pakistan refused and denied that no ball tampering was done by them. As a protest, Pakistan refused to continue to play after tea and did not come out to continue with the Match. Umpires then decided the match in favor of England as per the cricket laws. Darrel Harper was criticized for his decision and the controversy drew deeper when Harper was unable to provide significant proof of any tampering with the ball. He retired from his umpiring career later.

STEVE SMITH, DAVID WARNER and CAMERON BANCROFT

Last year in March 2018, the Australian cricket team was in South Africa, during the third test match of the series when the Australian side was in serious trouble, Steve Smith gave the ball to the Bancroft which was then tampered with the sandpaper, caught by the television cameras. afterward, Cricket Australia had to tackle the matter, which they did with a strict approach, and after accepting their mistake, all three players including Warner and Smith were banned for a year from international and from domestic cricket as well. Bancroft did that act on instructions of both senior player so Cricket Australia minimize his banned and allow him to play domestic cricket in December last year. Steve Smith and David Warner finished their punishment later this March-29th and were free to play international cricket from March 2019 onwards. After this scandal, the Australian coach stepped down from his role and Justin Langer took over the office. In a very emotional presser, Smith apologized to his fans and promised Aussie board and his nation not to repeat this at any cost. The entire scandal is known as “Sandpaper Gate” scandal.

PAKISTAN VS ENGLAND ODI SERIES 2nd ODI AND LIAM PLUNKETT:

LIAM PLUNKETT ALLEGEDLY TAMPERED WITH THE BALL

Pakistan is playing England in their last series before the ICC World Cup, as to finalize their preparation in which 1 T20 and 5 ODI are scheduled. T20 was won by England side quite comfortably while the first ODI was abandoned due to rain. In 2nd ODI England put a massive total on the board of 374 runs. Pakistan in reply started off very well but in the last overs ball started to reverse which grabbed the attention of the match officials.

Cameras caught Liam Plunkett tampering with the ball, He was allegedly rubbing his nails over the white cricket ball to make one side rough enough for reverse swing. The ball condition was very poor in the last overs as it can clearly be seen in the leaked video of the alleged ball tampering.

ICC AND BALL TAMPERING OF LIAM PLUNKETT

This wasn’t the first case of ball tampering from England side none the less, over media pressure ICC took notice but later ICC dropped off all allegations of ball tampering after further investigation into the matter, ICC has given clean chit to Liam Plunkett and so far there has been no objection from the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) over the matter. This ICC decision of dropping off the tampering case related to the richest cricket board “ECB” was not so well received by the cricket fans around the world as many believe that there was certainly something fishy going on as seen in the Plunkett closeup video. Though no action was taken on this ball tampering case it certainly raised some Eyebrows leaving fans wondering about the ICC system of justice.

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Starc to add some spark! Mitchell Starc is Back

Mitchell Starc who is the front-line attack bowler for Australian team was out nursing a pectoral injury for the past three months. Starc is now back in the team playing in the ongoing 3 practice match series for World Cup 2019 against New Zealand.  Series between Australia vs New Zealand is now leveled 1-1 after New Zealand won the second ODI comfortably by 7 wickets and 16 balls to spare. Starc once again proved to be the cornerstone of the Aussie pace attack, apart from Starc Aussie bowling attack looked one rather dimensional and shaky as the World Cup candidate Kane Richardson was again not amongst the wickets finishing with 52-0 in his 10 overs. Whereas the SA Abbott was the most expensive of the lot giving away 57 in 7.2 overs. Nathan Lyon the spinner called in for World Cup 2019 squad was also wicketless. However, Mitchell Starc was the only standout performer with 2 quick wickets in his short 5 over spell giving away just 14 runs. In Batting Steve Smith also shined with his unbeaten 89* runs innings showing positive signs for the upcoming mega event.

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Mitchel Starc Bowling Stats:

29 years of age Mitchell Starc has been phenomenal since his debut in 2010. He has very good numbers especially in the shorter formats of the game. In ODI’s he has been the go-to man for his captain under pressure situations. Here are Mitchel Starc’s career stats.

Cricket Format Matches Wickets Economy Average
Test 2011- 51 211 3.39 28.2
ODI 2010- 75 145 4.95 21.4
T20I 2012- 23 31 6.76 19.1
T20 2009- 86 128 7.14 17.5

Starc Bringing Balance to the Australian Bowling Lineup

At first Australians had Mitchell Johnson and then came Mitchell Starc, Johnson was known for his raw pace while the Starc brought more seam control to the Aussie bowling lineup, though fast enough Starc has a remarkable control especially in case of white ball and he has been nailing the job for a good decade now for team Australia with his bowling. He has been the star of several tournaments for Australia however his amazing performance ICC World Cup 2015 remains the highlight of his career where he was also given the Player of the Tournament award. Looks like Starc is back just in time to raise the hopes of Aussie fans as Australian team needed him badly. The Aussie attack was looking extremely one dimensional and some time out of sorts against good opponents on good decks. With Starc’s experience and expertise, this is to change now and Australia will now move into the ICC World Cup 2019 with a very well-balanced side.

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steve smith and david warner

STEVE SMITH AND DAVID WARNER “THE FALLEN ARE BACK FOR WORLD CUP 2019”

SMITH and WARNER THE POWER DUO!

Steve Smith and David Warner, the two Heavyweights of the Australian cricket team, are very well known amongst the entire cricket world by their fearless yet flawless batting style and by their aggressive nature of play. Both star players of Aussie side flourished in the past several years leading their side from the front. Smith and Warner played some historic knocks for their side. But as they say “Controversies follow the stardom”. Last year, David Warner and Steve Smith were also surrounded by controversies and were caught wanting in an indecent controversy which took everyone by surprise. It eventually led both of them out of the cricket. Recently, on 29th-March, both the Star players ban was lifted and their banishment came to an end which paved their way into the Aussie WC 2019 squad.

THE “SANDPAPER GATE” CONTROVERSY:

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR SMITH AND WARNER

Last year in March 2018, the Australian cricket team was in South Africa, during the third test match of the series when the Australian side was in serious trouble, Steve Smith gave the ball to the Bancroft which was then tampered with the sandpaper, caught by the television cameras. afterward, Cricket Australia had to tackle the matter, which they did with a strict approach, and after accepting their mistake, all three players including Warner and Smith were banned for a year from international and from domestic cricket as well. Bancroft did that act on instructions of both senior player so Cricket Australia minimize his banned and allow him to play domestic cricket in December last year. Steve Smith and David Warner finished their punishment later this March-29th and were free to play international cricket from March 2019 onwards. After this scandal, the Australian coach stepped down from his role and Justin Langer took over the office. In a very emotional presser, Smith apologized to his fans and promised Aussie board and his nation not to repeat this at any cost. The entire scandal is known as “Sandpaper Gate” scandal.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE CONTROVERSY:

Before the events of Sandpaper Gate, Steve Smith and David Warner were the Aussie Captain and Vice-captain of their side respectively. After the scandal both the players were instantly removed from their respective positions, which was the major and most prominent loss of the Australian side. Afterward, the team was then led by Tim Paine, who was new to the Job and fairly inexperienced than Steve Smith.

Australian team’s performance was degraded and going downhill continuously, when finally, AUS vs IND win in Perth came as a relief for Captain Tim Paine. Later they lost quite a few on the trot and in short, the Qantas was ever the same after the demise of Smith and warner.

COME BACK OF THE LETHAL DUO:

The suspension ended in March 2019, both Smith and Warner were instantly playing cricket afterward, both were selected for the IPL season 12. Smith was part of IPL team Rajasthan Royals (RR) whereas Warner got his ticket into SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). Both Players had an awesome IPL season 12 so far and performed with magical figures for RR and SRH this IPL 2019.

Player Season Mat Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s
David Warner IPL 2019 12 692 100* 69.2 143.86 1 8 57 21
Steve Smith IPL 2019 12 319 73* 39.87 116 0 3 30 4


Keeping in view their splendid form they were naturally inducted into the Aussie side though with some resistance from within the board they finally managed to get into the Aussie World Cup 2019 Squad. Because of the lethal combination of these two and some good experience in their bag. Inclusion of Smith and warner into the Australian Team has put the Australian side once again amongst the favorites for the WC 2019.

Come back of 32 years old David Warner and 29 years old Steve Smith gives much-needed strength to the Australian batting lineup, which has always been up to the mark previously but was suffering in recent times. David Warner, a world-class opener with aggressive nature, hits the ball hard, capable of hitting big shots, ultimately benefits Australian side with his strike force in the upcoming mega event. Warner’s presence in the top order is enough to disturb any bowling attack on a given day. Having a player like David Warner with an average of 43.4 is certainly a blessing for any team.

Steve Smith, the young and aggressive captain but a very calm and resistant batsman who is known for his calm and steady batting style. He always had a role at one down position to bring the stability and balance to the Batting lineup by playing anchor innings, which helps the coming batsmen to strike easily and play freely. During the suspension years, this position was a point of worry for the Selectors But now the tables have turned and the vacancy is filled with the Master class of Smith. With just days remaining in ICC World Cup 2019, it’s the perfect magic serum for team Australia.

Inclusion of Steve Smith and David Warner in the World Cup squad will have a huge impact on the Aussie campaign. Let’s see what do they bring to the side as usually most of us don’t get a second chance but when we do, we have to make it count! 

Australia vs Pakistan, Aus wins series 5-0

Pakistan WhiteWashed by Australia in the UAE. (PAK vs AUS)

Finch’s Australian team keeps on surprising with their jubilant performances against teams like India and now Pakistan on their Home Grounds. Australia wins the series in UAE and defeated Pakistan by 5-0.

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Looks like Pakistan Cricket team was totally clueless in this last crucial series just before the ICC World Cup 2019 and tried pretty much everything from regularly changing Playing XI to changing Captains however nothing seemed to work for them and a disappointing Whitewash was served by Australia to the Men in Green. One can say Pakistan tried a little too many newcomers during this series depicting their lack of seriousness to win the series. It obviously looked like they had no intentions of putting in their best Playing 11 or even put in their A game to win the series. Australia, on the other hand, were very clinical in their performances and players who performed in the previous series continued their good form in this series as well as they were already coming victorious and full of confidence from their Last successful tour of India, winning the series (INDIA vs AUSTRALIA) and beating India by 3-2.

Once again the Play was slow and old school from Pakistani Cricket team and the collapses were regular and frequent. Last Matches captain IMAD WASEEM also could not do anything about it and Pakistan eventually faced a sad end to the dead rubber series for them.

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PROBLEM WITH PAKISTAN ODI TEAM

Pakistan is 6th in One Day Internationals ranking, but they have been stuck around rank 5th (in ODI) since long time, why aren’t they improving? What is the reason they are not doing well in ODIs, They are the No.1 T20 side, so aren’t they suppose to have good players in the bank?
All these questions are answerable but first we need to dig down deep to get to the problem with Pakistani ODI Team.

Pakistan Cricket has been up and down since they started playing international cricket back in November 22, 1935- (wikiPedia) , and has been the same as during the famous ICC-Champions-Trophy Final, England’s Nassir Hussain comments ” ONE MINUTE DOWN NEXT MINUTE UP, PAKISTAN CRICKET AT ITS BEST”.
Currently, Pakistan is 7th on ICC Test Rankings, 6th on ICC ODI rankings, and 1st on ICC T20 Ranking, but apart from ODIs PAKISTAN has been up and down in other formats, Pakistan did claim the ICC TEST MAZE in 2017 during the reign of Misbah ul Haq. So why is that Pakistan is every stuck on the last few spots in ODIs only? let us take a look at some reasons.

ALWAYS SHAKY STARTS:

Let’s face it Pakistan in this day and age does not have a Rohit Sharma or a Hasim Amla as openers so yes the options have been limited lately there are no consistent Openers in the arsenal like Saeed Anwar or Amir Sohail.
So what is there a shortage of talent? Obviously not! One thing about Pakistan cricket everyone will agree upon is that they have loads n loads of talent. Talent like Sharjeel, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman have come along in the past few years but as the development part is what Pakistani openers are lacking. They are simply not consistent enough. Every now and then a new opening pair is tested and the newcomers are simply too cautious to play freely and hence the low Scoring rates in Powerplays.
Pakistan scores an average of

TeamRR since 2012
Australia7.2
India6.94
West indies6.5
Sri Lanka6.3
Pakistan6.13

Since 2012 Pakistan has been scoring with 6.13 RR and if you consider the recent years Pakistan drop to 7th position. This is one clear indicator that the Game is gaining pace and Pakistan is not keeping up with it.
Here one can say if its only the batting that’s letting Pakistan down? well, the answer might be YES.

Batting Averages Current Players:

Pakistan's Current player's Batting Stats
Pakistan Batsmen Batting Stats (Source: ESPNCRICINFO.com)

Here in the above Stats image the green ones are the Players playing the current series between PAKISTAN and AUSTRALIA in UAE. If we take a look at their strike rates then apart from the New Edition Asif Ali and Imad Wasim there is simply no one with an impressive SR in ODIs. these two are used in the death overs with fewer deliveries to play with.

THE OLD GAME-PLAY THAT ONCE WORKED !

Today’s Cricket is a Fast, Six hitting, quick striking, unorthodox stroke making Cricket. But Pakistan seems to be stuck with the OLD formula of 90’s which was “Save wickets in the start score in the last Ten”. And that just simply does not work or should we say is not enough by today’s Game Standards. Teams today more often than not are regularly striking the 300 Mark and beyond. However, Pakistan’s Old obsolete approach does not allow them to hit that mark too easily.

The above Graphic tells us that Pakistani Cricket Team scored high enough in just nine occasions since 2015. With the exception of 2 matches, all of the rest are against lesser teams. and for the record, the recent high scoring match between PAKvSA was actually lost by Pakistan due to DRS in a rain-affected match as SA was scoring at a better rate. The other one being the Champions Trophy final against India in Oval.

THE BIG CONCLUSION HERE

Obviously one would ask that is it the batting only that is letting Pakistan down? well, the hard truth is Yes! All the Stats shown above clearly show that Pakistan’s bating is simply following the old formula that is not workable any more in the modern cricket and with the ICC WORLD CUP around the corner Pakistan needs to change this. They have no shortage of talent but that talent needs to have the game awareness and Play the modern game with the modern spirit. The Strike rate of the players needs to go up and the dot balls played needs to come down. If Pakistan keeps their current slow and steady approach then one would say that there are very slim chances of them getting close to anywhere in the top 3 Teams in the ICC Rankings.

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