Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday named a 15-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to be played in England and Wales from June 1, 2017 to June 18, 2017. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ চ্যাম্পিয়ন্স ট্রফির জন্য পাকিস্তান দল ঘোষণা]
Azhar Ali is making his comeback in the team looking at his good track record at English conditions, whereas Umar Akmal was recalled to the squad also after bringing considerable improvement in his fitness, and his performance in the ongoing Pakistan Cup.
Young Shadab Khan and Fahim Ashraf have been retained in the side to give the team variety in the shape of spin and fast bowling all-rounders, respectively.
“Overall the team consists of experience and youth and the selectors believe that team will do well in the ICC event. The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in domestic and international tours”, said chief selector Inzimam ul Haq.
The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side will play warm-up matches against Bangladesh (May 27 and Australia May 29 at Edgbaston) before taking on India in its opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on June 4, 2017 followed by matches against South Africa (June 7 in Birmingham) and Sri Lanka (June 12 in Cardiff).
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Shadab Khan
- Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime