Naseem Shah has been named in place of Hasan Ali; Shaheen Afridi's participation will depend on his rehabilitation programme
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday announced a 16-member squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures against the Netherlands and a 15-member team for the T20 Asia Cup.
The Green Shirts will lock horns with Netherlands in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures scheduled to be played from August 16 to 21. While the ACC T20 Asia Cup will be played in the United Arab Emirates from August 27 September 11.
According to a statement issued by the PCB, pacer Naseem Shah has been named in both the squads in place of Hasan Ali, while Salman Ali Agha, who toured England in 2021 for the ODIs, has been recalled.
Shaheen Shah Afridi has been retained in the ODI and T20I squads, and his rehabilitation programme will be overseen by the team trainer and physiotherapist, who will also decide on his return to international cricket.
There will be five changes from the Netherlands ODI squad to the ACC T20 Asia Cup side, the PCB said, adding that Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha and Zahid Mehmood will be replaced by Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir.
Squad for Netherlands ODIs:Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Zahid Mehmood.
Squad for T20 Asia Cup:Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.
Talking about the Pakistan squads, Chief selector Muhammad Wasim said, “We have only made changes that were necessary. Both the competitions are important for us and, as such, we have picked our best available players in consultation with the captain and head coach.
“Hasan has been given a break from international cricket and he has been replaced by Naseem Shah. He is express fast and can give further impetus to the fast bowling department, which already boasts Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shahnawaz Dahani. Naseem has not played any international white-ball cricket, but he has demonstrated with the red-ball that he is an attacking option with good pace and controlled swing,” he added.
The chief selector said, “Salman Ali Agha has been recalled to the ODI side after he performed well in the past two Pakistan Cup tournaments, averaging 40.33 and 48.8, respectively. He also gives Babar Azam an additional bowling option.”
In addition to this, the training camp for the players will be held in Lahore from 6-11 August, during which they will also play two 50-over matches. The side will depart for Amsterdam in the wee hours of Friday, 12 August. T20I players will join the squad in Dubai for the ACC T20 Asia Cup on 22 August.
Pak vs Netherlands
16 Aug – 1st ODI; VOC Cricket Ground, Rotterdam
18 Aug – 2nd ODI; VOC Cricket Ground, Rotterdam
21 Aug – 3rd ODI; VOC Cricket Ground, Rotterdam
ACC T20 Asia Cup
Group A – India, Pakistan and Qualifier (one of UAE, Kuwait and Hong Kong to qualify)
Group B – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka
28 Aug – Pakistan v India, Dubai
2 Sep – Pakistan v Qualifier, Sharjah
3-9 Sep – Super Four Stage
11 Sep – Final, Dubai