Amir, Malik dropped as Pakistan announce squad for Zimbabwe series
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced a 22-man shortlisted squad for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against Zimbabwe.
Uncapped Abdullah Shafiq and Rohail Nazir made their places into the squad while experienced Mohammad Hafeez have also been added to the squad. But other veteran duo – Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmed have been left out from the squad.
Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has also been dropped from the 22-man squad.
20-year-old Abdullah Shafiq has finished as the seventh most successful batsman in the recently concluded National T20 Cup with 358 runs with an average of 44.75 and a strike rate of over 133. He also scored century in his T20 debut and with that century he made a milestone of becoming only the second cricketer in history to hit century in first-class and T20 debut.
Fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah have not been considered because of their injury. Currently, both have been doing rehabilitation to overcome their injury.
Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has said that they’ve gone for experience in the 50-over matches and youngsters in the T20I format.
“The present T20I squad already comprises youngsters who have played very few matches. As such, it is logical and sensible that we give them the support and confidence by providing them extended runs so that they can show what they are capable of at the highest level and cement their places for future assignments.
“We have resisted the temptation of experimenting in the ODIs for three simple reasons. Firstly, we cannot afford to be complacent and have to respect each and every opponent irrespective of their strength or international ranking. Secondly, every ODI counts as it leads towards automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, and thirdly, we have not played any ODI cricket in the past 12 months,” Misbah said.
Zimbabwe will tour to Pakistan to play three ODIs and three T20Is starting from October 30 this month.
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz and Zafar Gohar.