The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on August 3 (Wednesday) announced its squad for the upcoming tour of the Netherlands and the 2022 T20 Asia Cup. While the Men in Green will face the Netherlands in a three-match ODI series starting on August 16, they will take on India in their opening encounter of the 2022 Asia Cup.
The top board has announced a balanced squad for both fixtures, with the express pacer Naseem Shah being named in both squads. Batter Salman Ali Agha, who toured England in 2021, has also been named for the ODI fixtures against the Netherlands.
Pakistan’s permanent skipper Babar Azam is set to lead his country against the Netherlands and during the Asia Cup as well, with the senior all-rounder Shadab Khan acting as his deputy. Meanwhile, senior batter Fakhar Zaman has also been named in both squads and will want to perform well for the Men in Green.
We have only made changes that were necessary: Chief selector Muhammad Wasim
“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,” said chief selector Muhammad Wasim
“Hasan has been given a break from international cricket and he has been replaced by Naseem Shah.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.
Pakistan 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.
Pakistan squad for ACC 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.