Breaking News! PCB have just announced Pakistan T20 Team squad for the upcoming T20 Series against Bangladesh. Surprisingly, Mohammad Amir who picked up six wickets in a BPL match recently, have been dropped out and instead Harris Rauf who glistered in BBL 2019-20, have been called in. Babar Azam will be captaining this T20 Team against Bangladesh in upcoming T20 series.
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Pakistan squad for Bangladesh T20Is named
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Pakistan T20 Team Squad for Bangladesh Series
Babar Azam (captain), Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Usman Qadir.
Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt and Haris Rauf will be debuting in their T20 format in this cricket series. Whereas, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Shaheen Afridi has been recalled for this T20 series against Bangladesh.
While speaking to the press Head Coach Mishabul Haq said:
“We have lost eight of our last nine T20Is and as the number-one ranked side, this is unacceptable. We need to end our losing cycle and get back to winning habits leading into the upcoming Asia Cup and ICC T20 World Cup. This has played a critical role in our decision-making.
“We tried our alternate combinations in the series against Sri Lanka and Australia, and obviously, these didn’t work the way we had expected. Hafeez and Shoaib bring a total of 200 T20Is between them and if you mix these with the other youngsters we have in the side, then I think it becomes a good blend of experience and youth.
“The seven players who have missed out on selection are by no means out of our planning but considering their recent form in international cricket and taking into account other strong performances in our National T20 Cup, we have decided to make these changes.
Babar represented on the recall of Hafeez and Shaoib as:
“I am happy with the selected squad and want to thank the selection committee for entertaining my request for Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. I believe they still have plenty to offer to Pakistan cricket in the shortest format. Their experience can be critical to our performances in the upcoming series.
“Ahsan, Amad and Haris have recently shown promise and talent. I think it is the right time to throw them at the deep end to check their ability to perform at an international level. I am sure home crowd and conditions will complement their talent and they will be able to justify their selections.”
Meanwhile, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz, all have been dropped out for their poor performance in recent Australia tour.