ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan team profile

first_img Team Profile ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan team profilePakistan will be led by Sarfraz Ahmed at the 2019 World Cup in England and Walesadvertisement Reuters New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 16:57 IST PakistanFor a team who routinely oscillate between sublime cricket and farce and are cursed with a legendary ability to self-destruct, Pakistan will enter another World Cup as the proverbial dark horses with good memories of England.When the team under Sarfraz Ahmed went to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan last month before leaving for England, they were reminded by the cricketer-turned-politician of the role of proper planning behind a successful campaign.Sarfraz and his men must heed the advice from someone who famously galvanised a traditionally fractious side to World Cup glory in 1992.”Unpredictable that’s a word that us as coaching staff hate,” coach Micky Arthur recently said in a video on the cricket board’s website.center_img “You read all the previews now, they say Pakistan are going to be in the top four because of their unpredictability. I say, ‘No, Pakistan are going to be in the top four because of the work we’ve put in.'”Top order duo Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman will lead their batting charges but the lack of enough power-hitters in the middle could stymie their bid for a second ODI World Cup.FITNESS LEVELSThe team, however, can draw inspiration from their 2017 Champions Trophy triumph in England, which also marked a shift in their fitness levels.Not the most agile bunch by any stretch of the imagination, Pakistan sent Umar Akmal home after the batsman failed fitness tests ahead of the elite tournament.Since then the yo-yo endurance test, which involves running between cones at a quickening pace, has become the selection standard, resulting in a fitter Pakistan team.advertisement”Coming into the Champions Trophy, we had a few players out of shape,” Pakistan’s strength and conditioning coach Grant Luden said in a video on the cricket board’s website.”We had to make a hard decision and we had to send those players home. And thank goodness! We had the results … It was a watershed moment for us.”Pakistan have bolstered their pace attack with the late inclusion of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz and received a boost when leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who suffered a bout of hepatitis, was declared fit earlier this month.Their long-suffering fans agonised over the team’s tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but Pakistan remain one of the most exciting sides in any tournament.”Many Pakistani fans will say they have followed their team for too long and had their hearts broken many times, but I love them, and I love their cricket,” ex-England captain Nasser Hussain told the PakPassion.net website.”I love them because they are mercurial Pakistan and you wonder which Pakistan will turn up on the day. The fact is that you cannot write off Pakistan for this World Cup.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow World Cup previewlast_img read more

Nissan exhibition helps students to See Inside Manufacturing

Nissan is holding a three week exhibition at SMMT headquarters in Westminster to educate and inspire young people about the automotive industry. Part of government and industry’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative, the exhibition showcases the design, development and manufacturing process of the new Nissan Note, which is built in Sunderland.Showing a timeline of the new B-segment car’s five year development cycle, the exhibition includes a number of early design drawings and interactive clay models, as well as a fully-built car. A production-ready Note bodyshell is also on display to help explain the rigorous development and testing undertaken when engineering a modern production car, while interactive video displays show the workings of cutting-edge safety and powertrain technology.Over the three week display, local schools will be invited to SMMT’s headquarters, where Nissan apprentices will help them to discover various aspects of automotive manufacturing. Nissan will also hold a ministerial reception at SMMT to highlight its work with young people and within See Inside Manufacturing.Business Minister Michael Fallon said, “The automotive sector in the UK is one of the most innovative and exciting with eight out of the 11 Formula 1 racing teams based in this country. That is why I’m pleased that SMMT and the automotive sector are once again pledging their support to the programme following the success of previous years. It’s encouraging to have an iconic name like Nissan show such enthusiasm to inspire young people, teachers and career advisers that the automotive sector offers interesting and rewarding jobs.”See Inside Manufacturing is an initiative held throughout October by government and industry to help inspire young people about manufacturing industries and educate them on the varied career paths that it can offer. The automotive industry was the first to pilot the scheme in 2011 and this year will see participation from a number of UK-based manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Michelin, Nissan and Toyota.Click through for more information about See Inside Manufacturing.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more