The team director further emphasized the strength of Pakistan's bowling attack, boldly claiming it to be the best in the world
The Pakistan cricket team is set for their opener in ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 against the Netherlands on Friday.
In a pre-match press conference held on Thursday, Team Director Mickey Arthur expressed his confidence in all-rounder Shadab Khan.
"Shadab is the best all-round player. I hope he will be in form from tomorrow. I have no worries about Shadab; he will return to his form soon," Arthur said.
The team director further emphasized the strength of Pakistan's bowling attack, boldly claiming it to be the best in the world.
"I think our bowling attack is the best in the world. If we score runs, our bowlers can defend it," he said.
In a strategic shift from their approach during the Asia Cup, the Men in Green have decided to keep their playing XI under wraps until the toss.
"We have an idea of our team, and our 11 players are ready. When the toss happens, the playing XI will be revealed," he said.
Addressing concerns about over-reliance on specific batsmen, Arthur debunked the notion that the team's batting revolves solely around Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
"Our batting does not just revolve around Babar and Rizwan. We have many talented batsmen, including Imam. Saud Shakeel and Fakhar Zaman are also quality batsmen,” he concluded.