Pakistan squad for Bangladesh T20Is announced
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced 15-man squad for for the forthcoming T20I against Bangladesh.
Uncapped Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt and Haris Rauf made their places into the squad while experienced duo Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have also been recalled.
The three T20I matches will be played on 24, 25 and 27 January this year in Lahore.
Seven cricketers who were part of Pakistan’s previous tour in Australia where tourists lost the series 2-0 were missed from the latest selection. They are Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz.
Pakistan chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said, “We have lost eight of our last nine T20Is and as the number-one ranked side, this is unacceptable.
“We need to end our losing cycle and get back to winning habits leading into the upcoming Asia Cup and ICC T20 World Cup. This has played a critical role in our decision-making.
“We tried our alternate combinations in the series against Sri Lanka and Australia, and obviously, these didn’t work the way we had expected.
“Hafeez and Shoaib bring a total of 200 T20Is between them and if you mix these with the other youngsters we have in the side, then I think it becomes a good blend of experience and youth,” he added.
Meanwhile Pakistan captain Babar Azam said,“I am happy with the selected squad and want to thank the selection committee for entertaining my request for Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. I believe they still have plenty to offer to Pakistan cricket in the shortest format and their experience can be critical to our performances in the upcoming series.
Pakistan T20I squad for Bangladesh series:
Babar Azam (captain), Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Qadir.