For the first time in World Cup history, four teams from Asia have qualified for the quarter-finals. On Sunday, Pakistan defeated Ireland by seven wickets to join Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in the knockout round.
The World Cup bound Pakistan team has been told to strictly avoid any discussions on religion, politics or Indo-Pak relations not only during their opening match against India but also in the other games of the quadrennial mega-event.
Senior members of the Pakistan cricket team are not happy with a decision of the selectors to hold fitness trials on December 27 and 28th for the centrally-contracted players ahead of next year's World Cup.
The chief executive of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has said that he has no security concerns in Pakistan and called on the country`s cricket authorities to restore the confidence of the game by bringing back international cricket.
Trouble seems to be brewing in the Pakistan cricket team in the ongoing World Twenty20 Championships in Bangladesh with speculation rife of differences between skipper Mohammed Hafeez and the team management.
The Management Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board today appointed former wicketkeeper Moin Khan as head coach of the national team for the upcoming Asia Cup and World T20 Cup tournaments in Bangladesh, ignoring former Test captain Waqar Younis for the top job.
Pakistani selectors avoided pressing the panic button while announcing a 17-member squad on Saturday for the ODI and Twenty20 series in South Africa with Misbah-ul-Haq being retained as captain of the one-day side.