Pakistan’s Interim Selection Committee on Thursday announced the 16-member squad for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand in Karachi this month.
Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman has been included in the squad after recovering from injury while Haris Sohail has also been recalled for the white ball series. Harris last played an ODI for Pakistan in October 2020.
Uncapped Tayyab Tahir, who has had a brilliant run in domestic tournaments, has earned his first call-up. Osama Mir has also been included in the team in place of the injured Shadab Khan.
Shahid Afridi while announcing the squad in Karachi said that ‘I spoke to Shadab this morning, he was not feeling well due to a finger injury, that’s why he was not selected for the series against New Zealand.’ .
Afridi said the selection committee consulted the team management before announcing the squad for the series.
The three-match ODI series will be played in Karachi from January 9 to 13.
Afridi asserted, “We asked Babar and Saqlain to pick their 16 before finalizing the squad. Where we feel things can improve, we discuss those issues. ”
“It was an important responsibility for me, there is no dearth of talent in Pakistan and it made me feel good. I am here for a limited time but it was important to keep Pakistan’s future in mind.
“Our mandate was only to announce the squad for the New Zealand series but we have made our selection keeping the future in mind. We have also given importance to performance in domestic cricket,” he said.
On the question of players missing the domestic season, Afridi said that he is not in favor of allowing players to go to leagues when the home season is being played.
He also informed that players released for the Bangladesh Premier League have been asked to return at least 10 days before the start of the Pakistan Super League.
On the exclusion of Sharjeel Khan from the squad, Afridi said that the player was included in the probable list due to his performance in the domestic circuit, but due to the absence of a green signal from the board on the batsman’s inclusion, he was retained in the final squad. Not placed.
Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Imamul Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan (wicket), Muhammad Wasim Jr., Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shahnawaz Durham, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir and Osama Mir