Zimbabwe Series: Misbah-ul-Haq announced the names of 22 probables, Sarfaraz and Malik left out
Pakistan has announced names of selected players for Zimbabwe series. It saw Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmed have not been picked for the upcoming Zimbabwe series, said head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday while announcing the names of 22 probables for the ODI and T20I series against the African nation.
“I want to categorically state that their careers are not over by any means as performance remains the only criterion for selection. These are strategic decisions as Shoaib’s absence will provide players like Abdullah Shafiq, Haider Ali and Khushdil Shah better chances of featuring in the upcoming matches,” Chief Selector and Head Coach, Haq said, according to a press release by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“We have followed the same philosophy while leaving out Mohammad Amir and Usman Shinwari so that bowlers like Mohammad Hasnain, Musa Khan and Haris Rauf can get an extended run. Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz provide us that useful experience in the batting and bowling, respectively, that will benefit the youngsters,” he further added annoying names of players for Zimbabwe series.
A busy home season for greens is lined up that will see Pakistan host Zimbabwe for an ODI and T20 series beginning Oct 30 in two cities of Pakistan.
Zimbabwe Series schedule as follows
- Oct 20 – Zimbabwe arrival in Islamabad
- Oct 30 – 1st ODI, Multan
- Nov 1– 2nd ODI, Multan
- Nov 3 – 3rd ODI, Multan
- Nov 7 – 1st T20I, Rawalpindi
- Nov 8 – 2nd T20I, Rawalpindi
- Nov 10 – 3rd T20I, Rawalpindi
Head Coach, during Monday’s announcement, said that the present T20I squad already comprises youngsters who have played very few matches.
“As such, it is logical and sensible that we give them the support and confidence by providing them extended runs so that they can show what they are capable of at the highest level and cement their places for future assignments.”
“We have resisted the temptation of experimenting in the ODIs for three simple reasons. Firstly, we cannot afford to be complacent and have to respect each and every opponent irrespective of their strength or international ranking.”
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“Secondly, every ODI counts as it leads towards automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, and thirdly, we have not played any ODI cricket in the past 12 months,” said the head coach.
“Abdullah Shafiq has been rewarded for his tremendous potential and performance. He has been identified as a future prospect and, therefore, drafted into the squad as part of his development.”
“Rizwan was the first choice,” Says Haq
Haq, speaking about the wicket-keeper, he said Mohammad Rizwan was the first-choice in both the white-ball formats for Zimbabwe series.
“With an eye on future and as part of the succession plan, Rohail Nazir has been chosen as Rizwan’s back-up wicket-keeper. Instead of Sarfaraz sitting on the substitute bench, it makes sense that he plays in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy so that he retains his fitness and rediscovers form for the tour for the longer and more demanding tour of New Zealand.”