Cricket World Cup Preview : Pakistan

The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, here take a brief look at the current form and prospects of the competing teams:

Pool B


– Without their outstanding spinner Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan will hope their inexperienced bowling attack come good to take them to the knock-out stages.

Ajmal withdrew over an illegal bowling action, forcing Pakistan to select unheralded leg-spinner Yasir Shah instead.

Pakistan will also hope suspended all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez clears a bowling action test later in January. Pakistan, the 1992 champions, must win at least one of their first two games against India and the West Indies to qualify for the quarter-finals.

If not they will face a real test against Ireland in their last group game, where the ghosts of the 2007 World Cup defeat may return to haunt them.

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