Pakistan releases their T20 World Cup and Twenty20 International teams.
Pakistan’s team for the 2018 T20 World Cup, which will take place in Australia from October 16 to November 13, was unveiled on Thursday. Along with fast bowlers Mohammad Wasim Junior and Shaheen Shah Afridi, top-order batsman Shan Masood has been selected for the 15-player World Cup team for the first time, while the three travelling reserves are Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, and Shahnawaz Dahani.
Wasim Junior has been added after fully recuperating from the side strain he sustained during the Asia Cup, and Afridi, who is receiving treatment in London for a knee issue and will likely start bowling early next month, will join the team on October 15 in Brisbane.
The World Cup-bound team will compete in the T20I tri-series in Christchurch from October 7–14 with Bangladesh and New Zealand as the other participating teams, before their arrival in Brisbane on October 15.
“We have a team that can play strongly in the T20 World Cup,” stated chief selector Muhammad Wasim. Since practically the same group of players has been a part of the T20I team following the 2021 World Cup in the UAE, we have showed faith and confidence in them. Since November 2021, these players have excelled, and as a result, we have won nine of our past 13 T20 Internationals. We have invested in these cricket players, therefore it is only right that they receive the chance to prove themselves at the World Cup, an occasion for which they have been working hard to be ready.
“We had to make sure that these guys had consistency and support, and we have done that. The news that Shaheen Shah Afridi would likely start bowling again early next month is promising.
All of the players who will travel for the World Cup have been picked by the selectors, with the exception of Fakhar Zaman and Shaheen Shah Afridi, for the seven-match T20I series against England. The selectors have replaced them with all-rounder Aamir Jamal and unidentified spinner Abrar Ahmed.
Pakistan squad for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup:
Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, and Usman Qadir are the other players on the team. Babar Azam is the captain.
Pakistan squad for England T20Is:
Iftikhar Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Khushdil Shah (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Haris (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh), Mohammad Nawaz (Northern), Mohammad Rizwan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Wasim Junior (Khyber Pakhtunkhw (Central Punjab)