PAKISTAN

Group D with New Zealand and Bangladesh

Captain: Mohammad Hafeez.

Coach: Dav Whatmore

Little has changed about Pakistan's cricketers over the years. They remain as unpredictable as ever, capable of losing badly one day and then beating the same side comfortably the next day. And the talent never dries up, whether it is finding young batsmen such as Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali, or adding to their crop of promising fast bowlers like Junaid Khan.

Pakistan's World Twenty20 record also shows they are a side not to be taken lightly. They were runners-up to India in the inaugural edition in 2007, won the next one in England in 2009 and lost in the semi-finals of the last tournament in the Caribbean a year later.

Pakistan have a strong batting line-up with the recalled Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez at the top of the order, with Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq providing a power-packed middle-order. They also have one of the most potent bowling attacks, with seamer Umar Gul backed by prolific spinner Saeed Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez.

Pakistan squad: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Sami.

 

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