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Pakistan announces 12-man squad for first T20I against Bangladesh

The first T20I of the series will be played on November 19. (Source: Online)

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced a 12-member squad for the first Twenty20 International (T20I) match against the host, Bangladesh that is set to be played on Friday.

According to a statement, the first T20I will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium on Friday, adding that the second and third T20Is would also be played at the same venue on November 20 and 22. The match will start at 1400 local time.

Two players who were the part of T20 World Cup team have not been included in the final squad as the selectors have decided to rest Asif Ali and Imad Wasim for the first match. Mohammad Hafeez had withdrawn from the series in order to “give opportunities to younger players”.

Pakistan’s 12-player squad as confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is:

  • Babar Azam (captain)
  • Shadab Khan (vice captain)
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Haider Ali
  • Haris Rauf
  • Hasan Ali
  • Khushdil Shah
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
  • Mohammad Wasim Jr
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Shoaib Malik

The men’s cricket team is in Bangladesh after a gap of five years. Along with the T20is, they will play two ICC World Test Championship matches as well. The national side’s tour is part of the Future Tours Programme and follows the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE.

After the T20Is, the two teams will travel to Chattogram for the first of the two Tests at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium from November 26-30. The two teams will then return to Dhaka to play the final Test, which will start from December 4.


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