Uncapped 20-year-old batsman Abdullah Shafique was named within the Pakistan squad on Monday for the limited-overs dwelling sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe because the selectors dropped skilled allrounder Shoaib Malik, quick bowler Mohammad Amir and wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Shafique made a formidable T20 debut within the current National Twenty20 event when he made a century in opposition to Central Punjab and ultimately scored 358 runs in 10 innings with a strike fee of 133. Shafique additionally scored a century in his solely first-class recreation.
Malik made method for Shafique whereas Rohail Nazir has been named as backup wicketkeeper to Mohammad Rizwan after Sarfaraz was neglected. Fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah weren’t thought of for the limited-overs sequence as they recuperate from accidents.
Chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq burdened that the three dropped gamers should have a future with the crew, including that his choices have been made purely on how the gamers have carried out.
“I want to categorically state that their careers are not over by any means as performance remains the only criterion for selection,” Misbah mentioned in a press release. “We have followed the same philosophy while leaving out Mohammad Amir … so that bowlers like Mohammad Hasnain, Musa Khan and Haris Rauf can get an extended run.”
Misbah mentioned Sarfaraz may very well be thought of for subsequent month’s tour to New Zealand supplied he regains his type and health whereas enjoying in subsequent month’s home first-class recreation.
“Instead of Sarfaraz sitting on the substitute bench, it makes sense that he plays in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (first-class tournament) so that he retains his fitness and rediscovers form for the longer and more demanding tour of New Zealand,” Misbah mentioned.
The selectors have picked a pool of 22 probables for the three-match one-day worldwide sequence and three Twenty20 internationals in opposition to Zimbabwe, beginning with an ODI in Rawalpindi on Oct. 30.
The squad will adhere to COVID-19 protocols in a bio-secure bubble. The 22 probables will endure COVID-19 testing in Lahore on Wednesday and after going via a five-day isolation interval, they’ll journey to Rawalpindi subsequent Monday.
Squad: Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-u-Haq, Harris Sohail, Haider Ali, Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Rohail Nazir, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Musa Khan, Wahab Riaz, Zafar Gohar, Usman Qadar.
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