Haris Sohail returned to the nationwide One-Day aspect after 5 years as Pakistan’s interim choice committee on Thursday introduced a 16-member squad for three-match ODI sequence towards New Zealand to be performed in Karachi this month.
Opening batter Fakhar Zaman has been included within the squad after recovering from damage whereas Haris Sohail has additionally been recalled for the white-ball sequence. Haris final performed an ODI for Pakistan in October 2020.
Uncapped Tayyab Tahir, who had an excellent run in home tournaments, has earned his maiden name. Usama Mir has additionally been named within the squad rather than injured Shadab Khan.
“I spoke to Shadab this morning, he wasn’t feeling comfortable due to finger injury, that’s why he is not selected for the series against New Zealand,” mentioned Shahid Afridi whereas saying the squad in Karachi.
Afridi mentioned that the choice committee did seek the advice of the staff administration earlier than saying the squad for the sequence.
The three-match ODI sequence will probably be performed in Karachi from January 9-13.
“We asked Babar and Saqlain to give their choice of 16 before finalising this squad, where we felt things can improve, we do hold a discussion on these issues,” Afridi confused.
“It was an important responsibility for me, there is no dearth of talent in Pakistan and it made me feel good. I am here for a limited time but important was to keep Pakistan’s future in mind,”
“Our mandate was to announce squads for the New Zealand series only but we have made our choices keeping the future in our mind. We have also given importance to performances in domestic cricket,” he concluded.
Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir and Usama Mir