Pakistan pin World Cup 2019 hopes on rising generation

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KARACHI

Pakistan are pinning their hopes for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 glory on a crop of youngsters who have the talent to beat anybody but could also pay for their lack of experience. The side have only won the showpiece 50-over tournament once under the captaincy of current Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in 1992.

Khan pledged to give youth a chance while campaigning for election last year and the squad, with an average age of just 27, reflects the demographics of the country, where around two-thirds of the population are under the age of 30.

The prime minister, a swashbuckling all-rounder in his playing days, tipped 20-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan as a potential trump card when he met the squad last month. Pakistan stole a march on their rivals by arriving early in England to play a five-match one-day series, although they suffered a chastening 4-0 defeat. — VoM

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