Pakistan World T20 Squad Changed | Sarfaraz Ahmed Returns
The Pakistan squad for the World T20 2021 has been revised by the PCB. It was announced that the squad would go in quarantine at Lahore from 8th October, so any changes in the squad had to be done before 8th October. The team will depart for UAE on 15th October 2021. Following are the changes made in the squad.
Fakhar Zaman replaces Khushdil Shah :
Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman has replaced Khushdil Shah in the squad. Although generally, Fakhar’s role is to open the innings but we’ve seen recently that Pakistan used him in the middle order in T20Is. Khushdil Shah’s form was questionable in the National T20 Cup. He did show some spark in the PSL 2021, but he struggled afterwards. Khushdil is said to be one dimensional player, as he looks terrible while playing deliveries outside the off stump. On the other hand, Fakhar Zaman’s experience and match winning performances have given him an edge over Khushdil Shah. Fakhar was earlier in the travelling reserves of Pakistan squad for the World T20 2021, but now he has been named in the final 15.
Sarfaraz Ahmed replaces Azam Khan:
Former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has been rewarded for his brilliant performances in the National T20 Cup 2021. Sarfaraz was also in good rhythm during Pakistan Super League. Azam Khan on the other hand was out of shape and out of form. His fitness has been questionable. He got run out couple of times in the National T20 Cup 2021. Azam failed to deliver any notable performance in the PSL as well as National T20 Cup 2021. Even behind the stumps, Azam missed few chances and hence the experienced Wicket Keeper batsman, Sarfaraz Ahmed was chosen ahead of Azam now. Sarfaraz would be the backup wicket keeper choice of Pakistan for the World T20 2021 now.
Haider Ali comes in for Hasnain:
Haider Ali has been rewarded for his good performances in the National T20 Cup 2021. Haider Ali replaced Mohammad Hasnain in the World T20 Squad. Hasnain was consistently under performing with the ball in the National T20 Cup 2021. Haider Ali on the other hand was in some sensational form with the bat and scored heavily which forced the selectors to add him in the World T20 Squad.
Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi Shoaib Malik.
Travelling Reserves: Usman Qadir, Khushdil Shah and Shahnawaz Dahani.