This is the question which is running wildly in every Pakistani’s mind these days with the Champions Trophy 2017 heading to start early next month. Pakistan cricket team, one of the eight teams participating in the Champions Trophy 2017, led by Sarfaraz Ahmed who recently said in his interview,
“We want to come here and play free cricket starting against India. We’ll definitely try to win.”
In his interview he seemed to be optimistic, why would he not be? Pakistani team has every element in its squad to be declared CHAMPIONS!
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Pakistan Team Squad for Champions Trophy 2017
Pakistani cricket team squad for Champion’s Trophy 2017 has a lot of talent with a number of talented young players having the world under their feet: Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.
Many of them were picked by the selection committee after their performance in the famous Pakistan Super League (PSL) and recently played ODI series against West Indies in which Pakistan won 2-1. Some of them are in a great form particularly mentioning 22 years old Babar Azam, 28 years old Imad Waseem, 27 years old Fakhar Zaman and 18 years old Shadab Khan.
Haris Sohail Picked After Umar Akmal Fitness Issues
Pakistani squad had some fitness issues last week due to which they had to drop talented Umer Akmal from the squad (he had excess weight, ugh), but it will not matter a lot because his replacement, Haris Sohail has been in good form lately in the domestic cricket. It will be interesting to see if he lives up to the high expectations and satisfies selectors with his performance as he was selected above Umer Amin who was also in great form lately.
Champions Trophy 2017 – Pakistan Group and Semi-Final Chances
Pakistan has grouped with South Africa (ranked number one in the International Cricket Council rankings), arch-rivals and current champions – India, and Sri Lanka. In these three matches, Pakistan will have to win at least one match and then depend upon net run rate (NRR) to qualify for the next stage, semi-finals. But if Pakistan wins more than one match (well it is not a piece of cake for Pakistan, is it) then it will almost guarantee its position in the semi-finals.
The real test and target for Pakistan will be to win against their arch rivals and current champions – India on 4th of June at Edgbaston. Champion’s trophy is the only ICC tournament in which Pakistan has defeated India, so it will be interesting to see if Pakistan can repeat the history against Kohli’s XI, which is currently one of the tournament favorites. Although it is a difficult task for Pakistan to win Champions Trophy 2017 having the favorites, Australia, England, India and South Africa, it is not impossible too as we have seen green shirts doing wonders many times before! And believe it or not, this Pakistan team has the potential to be the Champions.
Pakistan’s ICC Champion’s Trophy History
Pakistan has never won ICC Champions Trophy in the past and it is the only ICC trophy missing in the Pakistan trophy cabinet, so winning this Champions Trophy 2017 in England will be a dream come true and a real big achievement for Pakistani players and Pakistani people (which even past great Pakistani legends couldn’t do). Fingers crossed!