LAHORE: Pakistan on Wednesday announced its 16-player squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures against the Netherlands from 16-21 August and a 15-member side for the ACC T20 Asia Cup, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates from 27 August to 11 September.
Shaheen Shah Afridi has been retained in the ODI and T20I squads, and his rehabilitation program will be overseen by the team trainer and physiotherapist, who will also decide on his return to international cricket.
Fast bowler Naseem Shah has been named in both the squads in place of Hasan Ali, while Salman Ali Agha, who toured England in 2021 for the ODIs, has been recalled.
There will be five changes from the Netherlands ODI squad to the ACC T20 Asia Cup side. Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha and Zahid Mehmood will be replaced by Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir.
In a statement, chief selector Muhammad Wasim said the PCB has only made “changes that were necessary”.
“Both the competitions are important for us and, as such, we have picked our best available players in consultation with the captain and head coach,” he said.
The training camp for the players will be held in Lahore from 6-11 August, during which they will also play two 50-over matches.
The side will depart for Amsterdam in the wee hours of Friday, 12 August. T20I players will join the squad in Dubai for the ACC T20 Asia Cup on 22 August.
Pakistan squad for ACC T20 Asia Cup:
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.
Pakistan squad for Netherlands ODIs:
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Zahid Mehmood.
ACC T20 Asia Cup
- Group A – India, Pakistan and Qualifier (one of UAE, Kuwait and Hong Kong to qualify)
- Group B – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka
- Aug 28 – Pakistan v India, Dubai
- Sep 2 – Pakistan v Qualifier, Sharjah
- Sep 3-9 – Super Four Stage
- Sep 11 – Final, Dubai
- Tour of Netherlands
- Aug 16 – 1st ODI; VOC Cricket Ground, Rotterdam
- Aug 18 – 2nd ODI; VOC Cricket Ground, Rotterdam
- Aug 21 – 3rd ODI; VOC Cricket Ground, Rotterdam