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I would’ve loved to honestly he’s my favourite Pakistani bowler I have seen bowl in my life. But his form since the Champions Trophy has been very poor. Too risky to take him hoping he can redo what he did in 2017.

My Cricket World Cup squad: Pakistan

I think with the rise of Faheem Ashraf – should Pakistan want to play just the lone spinner, Shadab will be selected as he’s the better spinner. Should they want someone to tie up one end though, Imad Wasim will play as the lone spinner

My Cricket World Cup squad: Pakistan

Yeah their over reliance on Zaman and Babar is crucial. It’s always been their bowlers who win them games so I reckon they’ll follow a similar pattern to what they did to their success at the Champions Trophy. My grandparents are from Kolkata, my parents are from Bangladesh but I’m born and brought up in Sydney so I go for Bangladesh first, then India and then Australia. Still got a soft spot for Afghanistan and Windies.

My Cricket World Cup squad: Pakistan

Mash has always been a fan of using 3 or more seamers even at home for odi cricket. When we beat India in 2015 2-1, it was because he pushed for four seamers in the XI. However the lack of quicks for tests is very concerning. They rarely get a bowl in domestic or international cricket at home. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – we need to produce pitches with more grass covering and play with the dukes ball. That way the batters technique can be tested at domestic level rather than get exposed brutally in international cricket while fast bowlers will like bowling with the new ball and spinners will learn how to bowl defensively which they can’t even on the subcontinent let alone outside the sc. As for your prediction based on form I can understand why you say that. I think there are 3 games where we’ll be the favourites to win while there are 2 out of 6 games as underdogs where we’ll have to cause upsets if we want to make semis. But like I said if we don’t make semis i won’t be dissapointed it’s just a game of cricket.

My Cricket World Cup squad: Bangladesh

Yeah it was a tough few days for me personally knowing 2 of the victims. Mortaza will gee these players up he just has his ways. He’ll use the terror attack victims and a few other unfortunate events thar have happened in BD as inspiration and motivation for us to win. But like I said the players should just enjoy the occasion as it’s just a game of cricket

My Cricket World Cup squad: Bangladesh

I had first seen Gunaratne play in 2017 vs Australia and he had shown so much promise. Why he never got a consistent run we have no idea to be honest. Gunathilaka is 50/50. On his day bloody dangerous but too inconsistent. Could say the same for most of the squad tbh. Senanayake won’t be in contention otherwise he’d start a mankad storm :D. As a Bangladesh fan I’m lowkey a bit happy to see Hathu fail after the way he left us karma lol. But I honestly do feel bad for Sri Lankan cricket and the lows it has gone through since Sanga and co retired. But there is a bright future in test cricket. Limited overs? That’s a completely different task

My Sri Lanka World Cup squad

I haven’t seen much of Fernando before the SA series thus my reason for not selecting him. Obviously you seem to have better analysis of the Sri Lankan team being a Sri Lankan fan yourself. I’m unsure about Chameera he’s good on his day but too many off days in my opinion

My Sri Lanka World Cup squad

Except Australia has one part in their batting over South Africa – their ability to play spin in the middle overs. By picking players like Handscomb and Khawaja, they have formulated a way to bat in the middler over better. If you look at SA’s 2015 World Cup run, most of it was done by ABD and Rossouw. They’ve lost both of them to retirement and Kolpak deal which has hampered their batting in the middle overs as they were both excellent players of both pace and spin but specially spin

My Cricket World Cup squad: South Africa

My best XI would be – De Kock, Amla, Van Der Dussen, Du Plessis, Duminy, Miller, Morris, Phehlukwayo, Rabada, Steyn, Tahir.

I don’t know if they can to be honest. They got smashed 5-1 at home last year to India. It’s gonna be interesting for the Saffas because for once they’re not one of the favourites. As one of the underdogs, can they surprise the better ODI teams? Maybe but the batting has to step up

My Cricket World Cup squad: South Africa

Only question mark for me is Colin Munro but still a very good squad.

New Zealand name Cricket World Cup squad

Not as many as the South African selectors would’ve liked in international cricket. Same with Reeza Hendricks. Could go either way with their form in the South African one day cup. Gonna be a tough call. Markram’s white ball woes has affected his test game as well so I think it would be better if he focused on his county stint instead.

My Cricket World Cup squad: South Africa

His technique is more suited to SENA nations and with Rayudu not settting the world alight outside the subcontinent, there’s a fair shout he could be in the squad. You’re saying the selectors are risk averse yet I can’t see them risking Rayudu in the final 15

India's forgotten man who deserves a ticket to England

Shreyas Iyer not Pandya. He suddenly got dropped out of nowhere but keeps on piling the runs in domestic cricket and selectors seem to be noticing him. He mentioned that if he has a good IPL, he’ll have a good chance of making the squad

India's forgotten man who deserves a ticket to England

Yeah would be more likely if neither Astle or Patel was selected and Seifert was selected as well. Young should’ve played in the UAE over George Worker who’s not an opener IMO. Would’ve boosted his confidence had he been given a chance. I’m presuming you’re Kiwi. Are there any other players who could be a backup opener for Nicholls and Guptill?

The squad New Zealand should take to the World Cup

Pakistan have been horrendous in the UAE since 2018 in ODI’s. In the Asia Cup, they had beaten Hong Kong and scraped through against Afghanistan. Got thrashed by India twice and an under strength Bangladesh side as they got dumped out of the Asia Cup. Would’ve lost a series to NZ as well if it wasn’t for rain. But that was under Sarfaraz Ahmed. Pakistan will play more aggressive cricket under Shoaib Malik and it’ll still be a very tight series.

Australia set to face an understrength Pakistan

Like I’ve said before if Finch doesn’t perform in the UAE then Marsh is a shoe in.

My ICC World Cup squad: Australia

As a German fan there are a few points I’d like to make:

1. The Ozil and Gundogan situation was handled wrong the DFB should’ve done a lot better rather than just let the press make up bull. Kroos was respnsible for the loss vs Mexico yet Ozil got the blame. Ozil created the most chances in the WC despite only playing 2 games so he was ultimately made into a scapegoat.

2. Low selected the wrong squad for the World Cup. Most of them just weren’t hungry enough to win or do well again. The Confed Cup squad would’ve done a lot better IMO. Look at Neuer. He was injured for 10 months or thereabouts and he was still chosen ahead of Ter Stegen who had a very good season. What does that say to Ter Stegen?

3. Low staying after World Cup. By the time the Germans were knocked out – Zidane, Conte, even Wenger (would do well in internationals not club football) were free. Low has tried to change by bringing in young players but his constant change of tactics aren’t doing Germany any good

4. Over dominance from Bayern Munich in Bundesliga. Bayern dominating Bundesliga and buying young German talents from Schalke and Dortmund have ruined the Bundesliga. I hope players like Kai Havertz and Lukas Klostermann stay at their clubs rather than taking the route to Bayern.

5. Grindel. Piss off you racist bastard. How can you hold a role in the DFB when you have expressed anit-immigrant views and yet the German team is full of immigrants or parents who are immigrants?

Good performance against Serbia though unlucky not to win. If Sule and Tah can keep Depay quiet against Netherlands, should be a good performance against the Oranje.

Is German football in a state of decline?

I would’ve had SOS. He’s been brilliant in the last 12 months. But Finch’s leadership skills just eke him ahead. I rate Maxwell more than Finch as a captain but winning an ODI series in India is no easy feat.

I knew I was gonna get flak about Hazlewood and I guess rightfully so. But with the Ashes ahead it’d be better if he was preparing himself with the Dukes ball rather than the World Cup. Australia has the depth to replace Hazlewood in one day cricket but not tests.

Fawad is the best white ball spinner after Zampa. Victoria may not have given him a contract but he played a key part in them winning the JLT One Day Cup.

Jadeja and Moeen Ali are both batsmen who can bowl. They’re not really frontline spinners in odi cricket. Therefore they can be defensive bowlers. Jadeja has only come in the Indian side recently because of Hardik Pandyas injuries. You look at Chahal and Kuldeep. Two wristspinners who in tandem have caused damage everywhere. Lyon as a frontline spinner isn’t attacking enough and a Fawad-Zampa combo would be a deadly duo.

Turner played a blinder of an innings but who do you drop him for. And if you see his innings the Indian spinners bowled to his strength which was hitting straight. And my main point about Turner is can he get us out of a collapse and rein himself in before an onslaught? Methinks not. I’m not saying he’s an outright slogger but I can’t see him in the final 15 but he could be a replacement player should there be an unfortunate injury.

My ICC World Cup squad: Australia

Yet that t20 form brought in Turner into the ODI squad. So wouldn’t it be a bit ironic if selectors ignored him? Let’s see how he goes in the UAE and then we can judge him

My ICC World Cup squad: Australia

Yeah I get what you mean bout Richo but check my reply to Brian. Forgot to mention how well he bowled in BBL 08 (leading wicket taker if memory serves me right). It was a shame he got injured in India otherwise he would’ve had a chance to show his worth after the poor series in England. As for Fawad, what was the point of rushing him for Australian citizenship if all he got was 3 odis and 2 t20s?

My ICC World Cup squad: Australia

Which Marsh are you talking about because surely not Mitch? As for Ahmed, Lyon doesn’t bat at 8 to say he’s a bowling all rounder. Both of their primary skills are as bowlers and by that, Ahmed is far ahead in white ball cricket. The last time the Hoff played an ODI was in November and he didn’t set the world alight. As for Richo, if he performs in the UAE he will go IMO. Another reason for not putting Hoff is because of the Ashes and he’ll be bowling long spells

My ICC World Cup squad: Australia

From what I can hear Tamim’s saying in Bangla – brother you can’t believe what we saw it’s just horrifying.

If the players aren’t mentally ready for tomorrow, I hope the ICC don’t force them to. Probably the biggest cricket-related terror attack since Lahore 09.

Bangladesh players forced to flee after getting caught up in horrific Christchurch shooting

There are a few youngsters who have already played for Bangladesh A in four day games and have done okay. Shoriful Islam is 17 and can bowl mid 130s. 22 wickets at an average off 22.5 in 8 first class games. Yeasin Arafat is 20 years old and can low 140s and sometimes 147ish. 18 wickets at an average of 25.5 in 7 first class games. I think we need to start playing with the Dukes ball and create pitches which replicate SENA nations. This will test batsmen’s technique while also keeping fast bowlers alive in the country. Spinners will also learn how to play a defensive role to ensure they’re prepared come these tours.

Second-innings resistance shows glimpses of potential from Bangladesh

Yeah I usually like Neil Wagner’s aggression but he went over the top this time. Mahmudullah is the least aggressive player in the Bangladesh team and if he gets riled up, then obviously something has gone wrong. Last time we played in Wellington we scored 595 but still ended up losing. Just get runs on the board in the first innings and see how we go from there. Even if we do lose 3-0 (most likely will), this series gives us the exposure we need now.

Second-innings resistance shows glimpses of potential from Bangladesh

He did it because he’s been involved in many off field incidents. He allegedly slapped a fan in December 2017 and was banned from domestic cricket for 6 months. He abused a fan on facebook last year and was banned for 6 months. Then he got his ban reduced by a month so that he could play in the ODI series. The media and fans constantly criticized his selection for his behavior and rightfully so, thus him doing that celebration after scoring a ton. Credit to him though he didn’t engage himself with anything bad since and getting counselling seems to have gotten the best out of him.

Bangladesh centurion embarrassingly loses his wicket- and his bat