The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Monday named the 16-player squad for the three Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) Males’s Cricket World Cup Tremendous League One-Day Internationals (ODI) in opposition to the West Indies.
Because the sequence won’t be performed in a Managed Occasion Atmosphere, the selectors have determined to scale back the 21-player squad for the house Australia ODIs to 16 gamers.
These neglected of the squad from subsequent month’s matches are Asif Afridi, Asif Ali, Haider Ali and Usman Qadir. Saud Shakeel was not thought-about as he’s scheduled to endure surgical procedure for sinusitis.
The matches are scheduled on the Pindi Cricket Stadium on June 8, 10 and 12.
Babar Azam will proceed to steer the facet, whereas Shadab Khan, who missed the Australia ODIs as a result of an damage, has returned as vice-captain.
The squad will assemble in Rawalpindi on June 1 for a coaching camp and Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan, who’re at the moment taking part in within the English County Championship, will be part of the squad in time for the follow classes.
On this regard, Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim stated: “Because the ODIs in opposition to the West Indies are a part of the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification, now we have determined to provide the very best likelihood to our facet to gather most factors and strengthen our possibilities of progressing straight for the head 50-over match. Now we have retained the identical core of gamers so that they additional set up themselves within the format. I hope this bunch will proceed the shape they gained from the Australia sequence.
“Additionally, and bearing in mind that there shall be no Managed Occasion Atmosphere and the gamers will be known as at a brief discover, now we have diminished the squad dimension to 16 gamers.
“For the Australia ODIs, we had additionally introduced backup gamers as cowl to these gamers who have been coping with accidents. Gamers resembling Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan at the moment are totally match, which has allowed us to depart out Asif Afridi and Usman Qadir.
He stated that Usman, together with Asif Ali and Haider Ali stay within the PCB’s plans for the shortest format as they’ve a sequence of T20I lined up this yr, together with the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2022.
The squad consists of three openers in Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, three middle-order batters in Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah, two wicketkeeper/batters in Mohammad Haris and Mohammad Rizwan, two spin all-rounders Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan with Zahid Mahmood as a wrist spinner and 5 quick bowlers in Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shahnawaz Dahani.
Pakistan boasts three batters contained in the top-15 of ICC participant rankings with Babar sitting on high of the tree, adopted by third-ranked Imam-ul-Haq and 12th-ranked Fakhar Zaman. Amongst the bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi is the highest-ranked participant within the seventh place.
Pakistan squad for West Indies ODIs
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper/batter), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper/batter), Mohammad Wasim Junior, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Zahid Mahmood.