Pakistan T20 squad announced. Veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz were the notable absentees as chief selector Mohammad Wasim named Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.
- Veterans Hafeez, Wahab excluded from the 20-member squad for South Africa series
- Domestic stalwarts such as Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Zahid Mehmood included in the squad
- The first T20 will be played on February 11
The 20-member squad for South Africa series comprises of the following players:
Babar Azam (Capt.), Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Hussain Talat, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Zafar Gohar, Faheem Ashraf, Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mehmood
As per the precedent set by Chief Selector, Wasim in the Test squad, the T20I group, too, featured a bunch of domestic stalwarts such as Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Zahid Mehmood and Danish Aziz. Aamer Yameen and Asif Ali, who had largely been forgotten, also marked their return for T20 against South Africa.
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It was indeed a surprise that among the notable absentees from the 20-men squad were veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Musa Khan, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan and Abdullah Shafique.
The chief selector explained that Riaz’s absence was performance-related whereas Shadab was injured, Imad had a family issue and Hafeez was unavailable due to his participation in the T10 league.
The incumbent chief selector of Pakistan Cricket team, who had replaced Misbah-ul-Haq late last year, had sprung a series of surprises in the Test squad, opting to give opportunities to some of the top performers of the domestic circuit, including Nauman Ali, who went on to have an exceptional debut against South Africa in the first Test.
The first T20 between the two teams will be played on February 11, the second on February 13 while the last game will be played on February 14.