Uncapped Haider, Naseem named in Pakistan T20I squad
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced a 17-man shortlisted squad for the upcoming T20I series against England.
Pakistan have named a 17-man shortlisted squad where fast bowler Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir return to the side. The left-arm duo who had retired from Test cricket, were not included in the central contract earlier this year.
Opener Fakhar Zaman and former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed who lost his place in the side after the last World Cup in 2019, also return to the team.
Uncapped Haider Ali and Naseem Shah made their places into the squad while experienced duo Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have also been called to the side.
Pakistan Head Coach and Chief Selector Misbah-ul-Haq said about the selections:
“This is mostly the same team which has been featuring in the shortest format for us. Besides retaining the core, we have inducted youngsters like Haider Ali, who has performed well in the HBL PSL, U19 and first-class cricket, and Naseem Shah as we had an opportunity to keep a bigger pool due to Covid-19 pandemic, which also increases our options. Our two experienced bowlers in Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have also returned to the side, along with Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed.”
The three T20I matches will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester, from 28 August to 1 September.
Pakistan squad for England T20Is:
Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz.