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Here is how PCB will finalize the T20 World Cup squad

Misbah ul Haq confident that Babar Azam is ready for captaincy challenge
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What revolved around the social forums after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed the squads for South Africa and Zimbabwe tours was Sharjeel Khan’s selection.

People denoted that he should be out of the team for two reasons; spot-fixing scandals and fitness issues. As the PCB organized an online meeting, the head coach Misbah ul Haq added that team is looking forward to relying upon fitness and skills at once.

He says that the board is not letting the fitness standards down, but skills are important either as Sharjeel’s stats are considerable to choose him in the national squad.

Discussing his previous ban, he says that the board has not imposed any such law to deselect players with tainted pasts after they have cut off their bans.

Shrajeel was not chosen without our concern:

 “We are not in any way decreasing the banners of fitness. The quality is unmistakably being interpreted though. We are striving to bring him up to the expected pennant and Sharjeel is cognizant of that.

“Sharjeel was not chosen without our approval. He is in an inclusive form,” he said. “Selection has been given by us collectively. This is not a single person’s team but Pakistan’s team.”

No such law to keep the players away:

Misbah added that no player is eliminated without a legit reason, and elimination in consecutive series does not mean that a player is out of the team forever.

“It is all an affair of who is in form. We can consider any player at any time who is in form. No player is penned off.”

Comparing Sharjeel’s past to other players, he says that he does not have any idea why they were not selected.

No idea on past players’ elimination:

“I don’t discern why Muhammad Asif or Salman Butt were not picked after ending their bans but what I know is that until there is a law that forbids us from choosing a player after he has completed any limitation we can’t keep him, anyone, away.”

“There is no legislation that prevents giving any player a chance to return. If it becomes a law not to let sentenced cricketers play, then we will see but there is no such law at the time.”

Mohammad Wasim already answered on Imad’s exclusion:

On being questioned on Imad Wasim’s exclusion from the team, he continued that his form is a little questionable. He is not preferred for South Africa’s conditions despite the last five ODIs with a 60+ average.

“I assume [chief selector] Mohammad Wasim gave a very accurate counterclaim as to why we did not select Imad Wasim for the forthcoming tours, The very understandable reason is the playing conditions where we [the team management] believe that there will be a need of just a sole spinner in the playing XI who can dominate things in the middle overs.

“If we look at Imad’s overall effectiveness in white-ball cricket, he is really good with the new ball but I don’t think that staring at the conditions, we would covet a spinner to open the bowling for us. Also, his form of late is a little suspicious. We also want to see how considerably (Mohammad Nawaz) displays if given a long run before the ICC T20 World Cup since he had a really stable domestic season. Imad persists in our plans as he is a very established campaigner.”

How will players will be chosen for the World Cup in India?

As we have seen no consistency in the team line-up, the head coach says that the major players stay the same, but PCB keen’s optimum is to try different combinations with 4 or 5 changes at once.

About seven-eight players that we have are almost the same wheresoever we play. Even in a 15-man squad, about 10-12 players prevail the same. The batting kernel remains the same, with only one-two changes in terms of form. This team and the overall line-up of our T20 batting looks settled. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, form the core of our side.

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