WEB DESK: Pakistan cricket team for series against New Zealand and England and ICC T20 World Cup has been announced.
The national squad for the ICC T20 World Cup has been announced and the same team will also take part in the series against New Zealand and England.
The ICC World Twenty20 kicks off in the UAE on October 17. Pakistan’s home series against New Zealand will start on September 17.
Chief selector Muhammad Waseem said that Pakistan’s squad has 15 members, including 3 reserve players. Selected according to the needs of the team, keeping in mind the conditions. Muhammad Waseem said that Babar Azam will be the captain of the national team for T20 World Cup and Shadab Khan will be the vice-captain.
The team also includes Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Emad Wasim, Khushdal Shah, Muhammad Hafeez, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Wasim Jr., Shaheen Shah Afridi and Sohaib Maqsood, Wasim said.
Asif Ali and Khushdal Shah have returned to the national squad. According to Muhammad Waseem, the 15-member squad includes 5 batsmen, 2 wicket-keepers, 4 all-rounders and 4 fast bowlers.
Chief selector Muhammad Waseem said that Azam Khan will be the backup wicket keeper, so he was selected. If Azam Khan joins the team, the middle order will also benefit. Azam Khan can also fill the gap of the middle order. ۔ We are confident that Asif Ali will also perform.
It may be recalled that Pakistan’s ODI team against New Zealand has been announced recently. Babar Azam will lead the national team in the home series against New Zealand while 20 players have made their place in the announced preliminary squad.
Asif and Khushdil return for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) September 6, 2021
According to a statement issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board, middle order batsmen Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdal Shah have returned to the national squad. Besides, Zahid Mahmood, Shahnawaz Dhani, Mohammad Wasim Jr. and wicketkeeper Mohammad Haris are also in the squad.
Haris Sohail, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfraz Ahmed and Sohaib Maqsood have not made it to the ODI squad.
National squad includes captain Babar Azam, vice captain Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafiq, Imamul Haq, Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Fakhr Zaman, Fahim Ashraf, Khushdal Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, wicket keeper Muhammad Rizwan, wicket keeper Muhammad Haris, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Nawaz. , Wasim Jr., Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dhani, Usman Qadir and Zahid Mahmood.
It may be recalled that the New Zealand cricket team is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on September 11. A series of 3 ODIs and 5 T20 matches will be played between the two teams.
After that, the England team will come to Pakistan and play two T20 matches on October 13 and 14 in Rawalpindi.