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The
showpiece
event
gets
underway
in
the
UAE
and
Oman
from
October
17.

“India
and
England
appear
to
be
the
most
balanced
sides
in
the
tournament
while
West
Indies
always
remain
a
dangerous
side
but
I
wouldn’t
write
Pakistan
off
as
if
they
click
they
could
gain
momentum
and
surprise
many
people,”
Latif
told
PTI.

Speaking
of
Pakistan,
Latif
demanded
the
resignation
of
under-fire
chief
selector
Muhammad
Wasim
if
any
changes
are
made
to
the
World
Cup
squad
announced
last
month.

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Cup

The
former
wicketkeeper-batsman
said
he
could
sense
there
would
be
some
changes
in
the
World
Cup
squad
as
it
did
not
come
across
a
balanced
outfit
and
there
were
some
perplexing
inclusions
and
exclusions.

“Now
if
they
go
ahead
and
make
changes
in
the
main
15-member
squad
then
the
chief
selector
must
ethically
resign
and
so
should
the
other
selectors,”
Latif
said.

“Because
they
are
responsible
for
selecting
the
squad
and
if
changes
are
made
it
means
they
failed
to
do
their
jobs
properly
the
first
time
around.”

Pakistan’s
World
Cup
squad,
which
will
leave
on
a
chartered
flight
for
Dubai
on
October
15,
has
come
under
a
lot
of
scrutiny
after
some
of
the
selected
players
have
failed
to
click
properly
in
the
ongoing
National
T20
Championship.

Muhammad Hafeez doubtful for T20 World Cup as he contracts dengue, misses out national T20Muhammad
Hafeez
doubtful
for
T20
World
Cup
as
he
contracts
dengue,
misses
out
national
T20

When
the
15-member
squad
and
three
reserve
players
were
announced,
there
was
criticism
over
the
selectors’ decision
to
not
pick
senior
players
Shoaib
Malik
and
Sarfaraz
Ahmed
and
even
the
naming
of
opener,
Fakhar
Zaman,
in
the
reserves.

Latif
said
since
T20
is
an
unpredictable
format,
one
could
not
write
off
the
Pakistan
squad
and
it
could
achieve
anything
in
the
mega
event.

Latif
questioned
the
selection
of
young
Azam
Khan
as
reserve
keeper-batsman
over
former
captain
Sarfaraz
as
well
as
the
exclusion
of
Zaman
and
pacer
Shahnawaz
Dahani
from
the
main
squad.

There
was
some
good
news
for
Pakistan
cricket
as
senior
all-rounder,
Muhammad
Hafeez
recovered
from
dengue
fever
and
resumed
light
training
in
Lahore.

The
illness
had
forced
him
to
miss
the
National
T20
Championship
matches
in
Rawalpindi
which
will
now
continue
in
Lahore
till
October
13.

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