Wednesday September 22, 2021

T20 World Cup squad: Babar Azam told to focus on game, not on players

The captain has objections over inclusion of Azam Khan and Sohaib Maqsood in the T20 squad, say sources
September 07, 2021
Babar Azam. File photo
Babar Azam. File photo

LAHORE: Pakistan  captain Babar Azam is reportedly unhappy with the recently announced squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, Geo News reported, citing sources.

Babar Azam was not taken into confidence while selecting the team members for the mega event, sources privy to the matter told the TV channel.

The captain has objections over inclusion of Azam Khan and Sohaib Maqsood in Pakistan's T20 squad, revealed the sources.

'Babar Azam was in favour of Faheem Ashraf and Fakhar Zaman'

The chief selector had added Khan and Maqsood to the team after consultation with Ramiz Raja — currently in line to be the next chairperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Babar Azam was in favour of including Faheem Ashraf and Fakhar Zaman in the team, the sources added.

The sources further revealed that Babar Azam got in touch with Raja to discuss the team selection, however, he was not heard.

Babar Azam was told to focus on playing game rather than  players' inclusion in the squad, the sources added. 

Earlier, it was reported that head coach Misbah-ul-Haq resigned from his post due to conflicts with the cricket board and his reservations over the team selection.

Misbah, too, was not happy with the inclusion of Azam Khan in the team. He reportedly had an argument with PCB CEO Wasim Khan over the team selection.

Misbah and bowling coach Waqar Younis resigned the day before, just before the Pak v NZ cricket series and the ICC T20 World Cup.

The 15-man squad

  • Babar Azam  (Captain)
  • Shadab Khan
  • Asif Ali
  • Azam Khan (wicketkeeper)
  • Haris Rauf
  • Hasan Ali
  • Imad Wasim
  • Khushdil Shah
  • Mohammad Hafeez
  • Mohammad Hasnain
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
  • Mohammad Wasim Jnr
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Sohaib Maqsood

Traveling reserves – Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir