Pakistan’s squad for the tour of England and West Indies announced
National squads have been announced for the tour of England and the West Indies, with Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz once again failing to find a place in the squad.
All-rounder Emad Wasim and middle-order batsman Haris Sohail have returned to the squad, while fast bowlers Naseem Shah and Mohammad Abbas are back in the squad.
According to the PCB, league spinner Yasir Shah has also been included in the Test squad, while Tabish Khan, Danish Aziz and Asif Ali have failed to retain their places in the squads.
Fakhr Zaman is in the ODI and T20 squads while Azam Khan has been included in the national squads for the first time. He will be part of the T20 squad.
For the first time, Salman Ali Agha has been included in the national ODI squad for the 3 ODIs, 2 Tests and 8 T20 Internationals included in the tour of England and the West Indies by the selection committee of the national cricket team.
League spinner Yasir Shah has yet to recover from a knee injury, so his inclusion in the national Test squad is conditional on fitness. The league spinner was ruled out of the Test squad against Zimbabwe due to the same injury.
On the other hand, Noman Ali, Sajid Khan and Zahid Mahmood have also been retained in the national Test squad against the West Indies.
Batsman Fakhr Zaman, who was included in the national T20 squad as an extra player for his outstanding performance in the ODI series against South Africa, has also been retained in the national T20 squad.
The national ODI and T20 international squads announced for the tour consist of 18 and 19 players respectively. There are 13 players in these two squads who will represent Pakistan in both styles of cricket.
The national Test squad includes a total of 21 players. Eight of the 21 cricketers are representing the national squad in all three formats.
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhr Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imamul Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicket keeper), Salman Ali Agha, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket keeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Usman Qadir
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhr Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Emad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicket) Keeper), Mohammad Wasim Jr., Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket keeper), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan and Usman Qadir.
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain) (wicket keeper), Abdullah Shafiq, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Noman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dhani, Yasir Shah (subject to fitness) and Zahid Mahmood.
Chief selector national cricket team Muhammad Waseem has tried to maintain continuity in the selection
Muhammad Waseem, chief selector of the national cricket team, said that while trying to maintain the continuity in the selection, we have included the same players in the national squads who have been part of our setup for some time now.
“Apart from the three matches of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League against England, there are a total of eight T20 International matches against England and the West Indies before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup,” he said. Visits are very important.
Muhammad Waseem said that in consultation with captain Babar Azam and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, he has tried to maintain the winning combination, as well as reinstating four senior players in the national squads, meanwhile middle-order batsmen. Azam Khan has been included in the national T20 squad for the first time.
The chief selector further said that Muhammad Abbas has been selected for regaining his lost form, Naseem Shah and Haris Sohail for improving the quality of coaching.
“With the return of these four players, we have had to drop a few players from the squad, which was not an easy decision. Joint decisions have been made.