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Former Pakistan captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan told the players selected in the country’s World Cup squad to give it their all at the tournament.
Pakistan announced their World Cup team on Thursday, which included a few surprises as left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir and Usman Khan Shinwari were both left out.
However, they will be allowed to make changes to the team without permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) until May 23.
With Pakistan’s World Cup campaign beginning against the West Indies on May 31 in Nottingham, Imran gave the team a pep talk.
Pakistan’s only World Cup win came under the captaincy of Imran back in 1992.
Since then, they have only made it to the final once more, which came during the 1999 World Cup, where they lost to Australia.
“A champion steps onto the pitch armed with passion and a plan. Team spirit is a key part of victory,” Imran was quoted as saying by Dawn. “With your skills, sportsman spirit and your conduct, bring glory to Pakistan’s name.
“The entire nation’s prayers are with you. Representing the country at an international forum is a big honour. You are ambassadors of the nation and the people’s eyes are on you, and their hopes rest with you.”