Pakistan have sweet memories of the World Cup when Australia and New Zealand last co-hosted it in 1992 but their optimism will be tempered this time by their turbulent build-up to the quadrennial event.
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has wants the national team to settle down into a rhythm before their opening ICC World Cup match against arch-rivals India in Adelaide on February 15.
The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khan has revealed that national cricket team's most experienced pacer, Umar Gul may not be considered for the final World Cup squad, as he yet to completely recovery from his knee problem.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been called into the Pakistan squad for the rest of the one-day series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates to replace injured pace bowlers Umar Gul and Bilawal Bhatti.
Handing Umar Gul a chance to make a comeback to the national team before the World Cup, the selector have named the seasoned pace bowler in Pakistan A team, which will take on Afghanistan A in a Twenty20 match in Islamabad on Saturday.
Pakistan pacers Umar Gul and Muhammad Irfan have been ruled out of the Test and one-day series in Sri Lanka during August due to fitness problems while senior batsman Younis Khan makes a comeback to the ODI squad after March 2013.
Ahmed Shehzad became the first Pakistani batsman to hit a Twenty20 International century as the 2009 champions crushed Bangladesh by 50 runs in a Group Two match to keep alive their semi-final hopes in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
Battered and bruised in the first quarter of 2014, India will aim to take fresh guard when they open their World Twenty20 campaign against traditional foes Pakistan here tomorrow in what promises to be a cracker of a contest.