On Thursday, September 15, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced a 15-member squad of the Pakistan National Cricket Team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which will be played in Australia.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which is the eighth edition of the multi-nation tournament, is scheduled to commence on October 16 with the group stage round. The Super 12 round will commence on October 22 and the final is set to take place on November 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Pakistan National Cricket Team are placed in Group 2 of the marquee tournament along with India National Cricket Team, Bangladesh National Cricket Team, and South Africa National Cricket Team.
The premier Pakistan left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, who got ruled out of the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022, where Pakistan lost by 23 runs in the final against Sri Lanka, after suffering a right knee ligament injury has returned to the squad.
Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman has been dropped from the main squad and he has been added to the reserves after his failure with the bat in the Asia Cup 2022. The senior batter registered scores of 10, 53, 15, 5, 13 and 0 in the tournament. Overall, he scored only 96 runs in six games at a strike rate of 103.23.
Shan Masood, who has had a good run of form in the T20 Blast in England, has been called up to play T20Is for the first time. Also, Haider Ali has received a recall.
We have a team that can perform strongly in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 – Mohammad Wasim
While talking about the squad of the Pakistan National Cricket Team, Pakistan chief selector, Mohammad Wasim, said that they have picked a team that can perform strongly in the multi-nation tournament.
“We have a team that can perform strongly in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022,” chief selector Mohammad Wasim said.
“That’s why we have shown faith and confidence in almost the same set of players who have been part of the T20I squad post the 2021 World Cup in the UAE.
“These players have performed well since November 2021 and that’s why we have won nine out of our last 13 T20Is. We have invested in these cricketers and it is fair to them that they get the opportunity to show their mettle in the World Cup, an event for which they have been preparing and training hard.
“We needed to ensure continuity and support to these players, and that’s precisely what we have done. We are receiving encouraging reports about Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is likely to resume bowling early next month,” he added.
Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad:
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir
Reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani
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