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CM – No place for Malik as a Pakistani T20 World Cup squad

Pakistan's selectors announced a 15-man roster for next month's Twenty20 World Cup on Monday but defied demands to include veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik, despite the team ...

Agence France-Presse. Lahore |

Published: 17:02, 06.09.2021

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Mohammad Wasim speaks during a press conference in Lahore on Monday. – AFP photo

Pakistan’s selectors announced a 15-man roster for next month’s Twenty20 World Cup on Monday but defied demands to include veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik despite the team battling medium-order punches for two years Since Misbah-ul-Haq took over as head coach in September 2019, Pakistan has tried 17 different players in intermediate order, but none of them have succeeded.

This led to demands for inclusion of 39-year-old Malik, who played the last of his 116 Twenty20 internationals in June 2020 but chief selection champion Mohammad Wasim said specialists would be preferred.

« We focused on specialized T20 players and the situation of the venues and our opponents are taken into account at the event, « said Wasim at a press conference in Lahore.

Pakistan is in Group 2 next to arch-rivals India, Neus eeland, Afghanistan and two qualification teams to be decided after the first round.

Pakistan will open its campaign on October 24th with a high-tension game against India in Dubai.

The seventh event of the Twenty20 World Cup will take place on October 17th October to November 14th in the United Arab Emirates.

Former captain and wicket keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, opening player Sharjeel Khan also failed, but 40-year-old veteran Mohammad Hafeez was included. </ Another opening player, Fakhar Zaman, has been added to the three reserves that will travel with the squad. This includes the pacemaker Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.

The misfiring power hitters Asif Ali and Azam Khan were lucky enough to join the roster. Ali has only had double-digit results in the last 10 Twenty20 internationals.

Twenty-year-old fast bowler Mohammad Wasim has also been inducted after impressing in the four Twenty20 internationals he has played so far. </ The squad will also play in the five Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand later this month and in the two T20Is against England on October 14th and 15th ahead of the World Cup.

Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Shaheen Shah Afridi Maqsood

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