Pakistan have sprung a shock by including 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Azam Khan in their 15-part crew for the forthcoming T20 World Cup. Azam, who is as of now carrying out his specialty in the Caribbean Premier League, made his introduction for the public side against England this year and has played only three games.
In any case, a vocation strike-pace of very nearly 150 in T20 cricket has seemed to have worked in support of himself with the selectors picking him as the reinforcement wicketkeeper. Subsequently, previous captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who was in the crew against West Indies as of late, has been cut out.
The 15-part crew additionally sees the arrival of Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah to the T20 arrangement with the selectors picking more capability in a line-up that has had issues in the center request. Khushdil last played in February recently for Pakistan and Asif included for the public side in April this year against Zimbabwe. Sharjeel Khan and Fakhar Zaman haven’t been picked for the show-stopper occasion however the last is essential for the voyaging holds that likewise incorporates Usman Qadir and Shahnawaz Dahani.
“Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah might not have amazing numbers against their names yet scarcely anybody can question their enormous ability and ability,” Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim said subsequent to declaring the crew. “They are the most incredible in the accessible pool of center request batsmen and we stay sure that they will give us answers for our center request hardships through strong exhibitions.
“Azam Khan is a forceful and assaulting hitter who additionally keeps wickets, a blend that has acquired him the selectors’ gesture in front of Sarfaraz Ahmed. Mohammad Wasim Junior has been liked over Faheem Ashraf because of his speed and capacity to hit big cheeses.
“Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir were unfortunate to pass up the determinations. Sohaib Maqsood’s capacity to bat and perform anyplace in the top-request has given him an edge over Fakhar, while the presence of three experienced spinners, who are likewise skilled players, and five real wicket-taking quick bowlers made it hard for Usman Qadir to get into the side,” he added.
PCB likewise affirmed that a similar crew will take on England and New Zealand in the home T20Is in front of the World Cup. Pakistan’s initial game in the competition will be against chief adversaries India on October 24 in Dubai.
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T20 World Cup squad: Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC), Asif Alil, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Shaheen Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood