As anticipation builds for the forthcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023, cricket enthusiasts are gearing up for a thrilling spectacle. The tournament, set to launch on October 5 in India, will witness a clash between last edition’s finalists, England and New Zealand, in the opening match.

With the global cricket event on the horizon, cricket experts are taking the stage to predict the standout teams and players in the upcoming ODI World Cup. Many seasoned voices from the cricket fraternity have weighed in with their projections for the multi-team competition.

Viv Richards Makes a Bold Prediction

One of cricket’s most iconic figures, Viv Richards from the West Indies, has stepped up with his forecast for the leading wicket-taker in the ODI World Cup 2023. Richards, known for his unparalleled contributions to the sport, has chosen a rising star from Pakistan as his top pick.

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Richards has cast his prediction for the leading wicket-taker of the ODI World Cup 2023, and his choice is none other than Pakistan’s fiery pacer, Shaheen Afridi. Richards highlighted Shaheen’s exceptional growth demonstrated in the Pakistan Premier League (PSL) and praised his unwavering determination.

In a video shared on ICC’s official Instagram handle, Richards affirmed his prediction: “The leading wicket-taker in the World Cup will be Shaheen Afridi because I have seen him in Pakistan. I spent some time in the PSL and I have seen his massive growth. [He is a] highly determined individual. He is my man.”

Shaheen to Spearhead Pakistan Bowling Attack in ODI World Cup 2023

Shaheen is slated to lead Pakistan’s bowling attack in the highly anticipated ODI World Cup 2023. His remarkable performances and skill set have captured the attention of cricket aficionados around the world. Notably, the-left arm pacer emerged as the top wicket-taker in the recently concluded three-match ODI series between Pakistan and Afghanistan, clinching six wickets in three matches with an average of 16.33.

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Before the commencement of the ODI World Cup 2023, cricket enthusiasts can catch a glimpse of Shaheen in action during the Asia Cup. The Asia Cup, jointly hosted by Sri Lanka and Pakistan, will take place from August 30 to September 17. This presents another platform for the speedster to showcase his prowess on the international stage.

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