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PCB announces Pakistan T20 World Cup squad

PCB announces Pakistan T20 World Cup squad
PCB announces Pakistan T20 World Cup squad

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has on-screened the Pakistan T20 World Cup squad as the mega-event is set to begin in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman stadiums from 17th October.

Fans are surprised to see the unexpected inclusions and exclusions as multiple veterans, they expected to don jerseys ahead of the World Cup, have been dropped.

Shoaib Malik, the most anticipated candidate, has not been considered. Also, Sarfaraz Ahmed, who was set to be named as ‘the second-choice wicket-keeping batter’ has been dropped. In place, the board has named inexperienced Azam Khan.

The veteran bowling duo of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir is not considered either. On the other hand, to tackle middle-order woes, the board has re-added Khushdil Shah and Asif Ali.

Read: Big blow to England ahead of T20 World Cup

The fifteen-member crew includes five batsmen, two wicket-keeping batsmen, four all-rounders, and four fast bowlers. Fakhar Zaman, Usman Qadir, and Shahnawaz Dahani have been named among the reserves.

From the 19 players who were part of the Pakistan squad for the T20I series in England and the West Indies, Arshad Iqbal, Faheem Ashraf, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan have been left out.

Notably, the same side will feature in the upcoming home series against New Zealand and England respectively just before the T20 World Cup 2021.

PCB announces Pakistan T20 World Cup squad

Pakistan’s schedule of T20I matches (all matches to start at 1900 Pakistan time):

25 Sep – Pakistan v New Zealand, 1st T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

26 Sep – Pakistan v New Zealand, 2nd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

29 Sep – Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

1 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, 4th T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

3 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, 5th T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

13 Oct – Pakistan v England, 1st T20I, Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

14 Oct – Pakistan v England, 2nd T20I, Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

24 Oct – Pakistan v India, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

26 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

29 Oct – Pakistan v Afghanistan, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

2 Nov – Pakistan v A2, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abdu Dhabi

7 Nov –Pakistan v B1, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final schedule:

10 Nov – 1st semifinal, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

11 Nov – 2nd semifinal, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

14 Nov – Final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Also, see:

PCB adds Strikers to Pakistan Cup Women’s One Day tournament teams

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