Malik, Sarfaraz miss out; Asif, Khushdil return for T20 World Cup

“We have now tried to cowl all our bases by catering for modern-day model of T20 cricket that can be required to carry out strongly within the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup,” says Muhammad Wasim

LAHORE   –  Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) introduced the 15-member squad led by Babar Azam for the upcoming Twenty20 Internationals in opposition to New Zealand and England, and the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2021. 

There have been a few surprises within the middle-order batsmen Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah getting late call-ups regardless of not having type by their aspect whereas the likes of Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmed missed out. Each Asif and Khushdil missed Pakistan’s latest excursions of England and West Indies. Twenty-year-old Asif’s final worldwide outing was in opposition to Zimbabwe in April whereas Khushdil hasn’t represented his nation since February. 

There’s additionally no place within the squad for Sharjeel Khan or Faheem Ashraf. Sarfaraz Ahmed additionally missed out with Pakistan opting to pick Azam Khan as their back-up wicketkeeper. Twenty-year-old Azam solely made his T20I debut in opposition to England in July however he’s growing a status as a damaging middle-order batsman in each the Pakistan Tremendous League and Nationwide T20 Cup. Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir have been named as travelling reserves. 

Explaining his choices, Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim stated: “Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah could not have spectacular numbers in opposition to their names however hardly anybody can doubt their great expertise and prowess. “They’re the perfect within the obtainable pool of middle-order batsmen and we stay assured that they are going to present us options to our middle-order difficulties via strong performances. “Azam Khan is an aggressive and attacking batter who additionally retains wickets, a mixture that has earned him the selectors’ nod forward of Sarfaraz Ahmed.”

Addressing Pakistan’s probabilities to assert their second World T20 crown, he continued: “Our spectacular report within the United Arab Emirates, clubbed with the expertise now we have in our ranks and the well-planned preparations offers me vital confidence that we are going to carry out properly within the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2021. All of the gamers now must do is to not get overawed by the event, proceed to maintain religion of their talents and attempt to give one thing additional every time they step onto the sphere.” Pakistan’s T20 World Cup marketing campaign begins on October 24 after they face India within the UAE.

The 15-player squad consists of 5 batters (Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood), two wicketkeeper-batters (Azam Khan and Mohammad Rizwan), 4 all-rounders (Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Shadab Khan) and 4 quick bowlers (Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi). The travelling reserves are Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir. 

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