Pakistan’s Best Playing XI for Asia Cup 2023 

Pakistan's Optimal Playing XI for Asia Cup 2023 Revealed
Pakistan's Optimal Playing XI for Asia Cup 2023 Revealed (Source: PCB Official Insta)

The global cricketing arena is abuzz with anticipation as the Asia Cup 2023 looms on the horizon, and Pakistan steps onto the stage with a squad teeming with potential and promise. Led by the sagacious Babar Azam, the team showcases a harmonious blend of seasoned veterans and budding talents. The squad’s composition, a fusion of experienced campaigners and emerging stars, underscores the nation’s commitment to nurturing talent while harnessing the wisdom of battle-tested players.

This article delves into the heart of Pakistan’s cricketing aspirations, dissecting their formidable lineup and crafting the perfect Playing XI that stands poised to leave an indelible mark on the forthcoming tournament. This analysis offers a closer examination of Pakistan’s cricketing arsenal, providing insights into the potential powerhouse that they are poised to unleash.

Pakistan Squad for the Asia Cup 2023

Player Role
Babar Azam (captain)Right Hand Batter
Abdullah ShafiqueRight Hand Batter
Fakhar ZamanLeft Hand Batter
Imam-ul-HaqLeft Hand Batter
Salman Ali AghaRight Hand Batter/ Right Arm Off Break Bowler
Iftikhar Ahmed Right Hand Batter
Mohammad RizwanWicketkeeper Batter
Mohammad HarisWicketkeeper Batter
Shadab Khan (vice captain)Right Arm Leg Spin Bowler/ Right Hand Batter
Mohammad NawazSlow Left Arm Bowler/ Left Hand Batter
Usama MirRight Arm Leg Spin Bowler
Faheem AshrafRight Arm Fast Bowler/ Left Hand Batter
Haris RaufRight Arm Fast Bowler
Mohammad Wasim JrRight Arm Fast Bowler/ Right Hand Batter
Naseem ShahRight Arm Fast Bowler
Shaheen Shah AfridiLeft Arm Fast Bowler
Saud ShakeelLeft Hand Batter

Pakistan’s Best Playing XI for the Asia Cup 2023


The crucial wicketkeeper-batsman role is fortified by the reliable Mohammad Rizwan. His proficiency behind the stumps is seamlessly complemented by his robust batting technique, a combination that brings immense value to the team. Rizwan’s agility and acumen as a wicketkeeper inspire confidence in the field, while his composed approach at the crease adds a layer of stability to the middle order.


The opening partnership of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq stands as Pakistan’s potential game-changer in the Asia Cup 2023. Fakhar’s explosive stroke play and Imam’s classic technique create a harmonious blend at the top. After a stint in the middle order, Fakhar’s return signifies a strategic shift to set the innings’ tone. Their partnership isn’t just about laying foundations; it’s about setting the stage ablaze. 

The duo’s synchronisation extends beyond their playing styles, with seamless strike rotation and camaraderie. Fakhar’s aggression and Imam’s stability promise a devastating partnership, and their synergy could propel Pakistan to glory. As the nation’s hopes rest on their shoulders, Fakhar and Imam’s chemistry might just be the catalyst Pakistan needs to clinch the Asia Cup title.

Middle Order

Filling the most important position (number 3) for Pakistan in the Asia Cup would be their dynamic captain Babar Azam. Babar’s consistent run-scoring ability and elegant stroke play make him an anchor in the batting lineup. Joining him at 4 is Mohammad Rizwan. . Beyond his ability to anchor the innings, Rizwan possesses the versatility to inject momentum when the situation demands. His prowess extends beyond the boundary, where his calculated stroke play and understanding of game situations make him a valuable asset. 

In the form of Iftikhar Ahmed, vice captain Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, the team has some strong hitters as part of the lower middle order to boost the momentum created by the other batter in the lineup. Mohammad Nawaz can also come in handy with the bat at times. Iftikhar Ahmed’s presence in the middle order injects power-hitting capabilities. His aggressive approach combined with sound technique makes him a vital link between the top and lower order. He will play a major role in the Pakistan Playing XI for the Asia Cup 2023. 


Pakistan’s bowling attack is a potent force with Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf leading the pace battery. Their ability to generate pace and movement can rattle any opposition. Naseem Shah’s raw pace and Mohammad Nawaz’s spin expertise complete the diverse bowling unit. Faheem Ashraf’s all-round capabilities provide further balance to the squad. His ability to contribute with the bat and chip in with crucial wickets gives the team added flexibility. With such talent, Pakistan’s bowling attack is one of the most feared bowling attack in the tournament. 

Mohammad Nawaz’s spin bowling proficiency adds another dimension to the lineup. Given the spin friendly conditions in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Shadab Khan’s leg spin will also come in handy for the Pakistan team and we may see him finishing his quota of overs on multiple occasions. 

This is what Pakistan’s Best Playing XI for the Asia Cup 2023 would look like: 

  1. Fakhar Zaman
  2. Imam-ul-Haq
  3. Babar Azam (captain) 
  4. Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper) 
  5. Iftikhar Ahmed
  6. Shadab Khan (vice captain)
  7. Faheem Ashraf
  8. Mohammad Nawaz 
  9. Haris Rauf
  10. Naseem Shah
  11. Shaheen Afridi 

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