Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Hasan Ali rested for West Indies series; Sarfaraz dropped. Hasan Ali has been rested as a part of his workload management.
Hasan Ali has been rested as a part of his workload management.
The veteran trio of Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim and Sarfaraz Ahmed have been dropped from Pakistan's T20I squad for the upcoming home series against West Indies. The Pakistan Cricket Board selectors have also rested pacer Hasan Ali and included Mohammad Hasnain in the 15-man squad, announced on Thursday.
Sarfaraz, who was a late inclusion in Pakistan's 2021 T20 WC squad, didn't play in the tournament but got a chance in Pakistan's previous series against Bangladesh, where he scored six. For more than two years, he has rarely found an opportunity to play in the XI. Similarly, Shoaib Malik, who played some handy knocks in the middle order for the team in the recently-concluded World Cup, was dismissed for a duck in the only batting opportunity in Bangladesh.
“As we have been playing T20Is since October and now have a pretty settled and balanced side, we have decided to reduce the number of players to 15. As such, we have not included Imad Wasim, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik,” chief selector Muhammad Wasim said.
“In consultation with Hasan Ali and taking into consideration that he has been playing non-stop cricket since returning from a back injury, we have decided to give him time off from this series,” he added.
T20I Squad: Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (Wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir
Meanwhile, Hasan has also been rested for the ODi series, while Sarfaraz has not found favour in the 50-over setup either. Along with the duo, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and Salman Ali, who were a part of the side that played in England, have been dropped. In turn, the selectors have included Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Wasim Jr for the three ODIs against West Indies, which will be a part of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League.
“For the ODIs, which we last played in July, we have accepted the team management's request and provided them two additional resources,” Wasim said.
All the limited-over matches will be played at Karachi's National Stadium, from December 13 to 22.
ODI Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mohammad Hasnain, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani Usman Qadir
Meanwhile, Pakistan also named Qasim Akram as the captain of the Under-19 side that will head to UAE for the upcoming Asia Cup – from December 20 to Jnuary 2 – which will be followed by the Under-19 World Cup in West Indies.
Akram, along with openers Abdul Wahid Bangalzai and Mohammad Shehzad, and Irfan Khan Niazi will be playing in their second successive under-19 World Cup. Akram made his domestic debut in the 2020-21 season for Central Punjab across all formats, while Abdul Wahid scored a double-century for Balochistan in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
Saleem Jaffer, the chairman of Pakistan's junior selection committee said, “Selection of U19 squads is always one of the most challenging and difficult tasks due to the available pool of talent. And this selection was no different, but we have tried to pick the best available 17 players who can help Pakistan win the World Cup for the country.
“The PCB has prepared a robust plan for pathways cricket and I can assure all teenage cricketers who have missed out on selection this time that they will get a chance at some stage down the line.”
Under-19 Squad for Asia Cup and World Cup: Qasim Akram (captain), Abdul Faseeh, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Ahmed Khan, Ali Asfand, Arham Nawab, Awais Ali, Faisal Akram, Naseebullah (wicketkeeper, Irfan Khan Niazi, Maaz Sadaqat, Mehran Mumtaz, Mohammad Shehzad, Rizwan Mehmood, Zeeshan Zameer