The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has unveiled the 20-member ODI squad for the New Zealand series as the two teams will battle three 50-over contests at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from 17th September.
The uncapped wicketkeeper, Mohammad Haris has been named in the squad alongside Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Zahid Mehmood, and Shahnawaz Dahani. Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah have been recalled to retry them sorting out middle over woes.
Haris Sohail, Salman Ali Agha, and Sohaib Maqsood have been pulled out of the crew as they failed to inspire the management in the last ODI series vs England in July.
Everyone’s ideal, Sarfaraz Ahmed has also been dropped and the debate on social media is already underway.
Notably, Sarfaraz’s place in the national fold has been on and off in doubt since the ODI World Cup 2019. The wicketkeeping batter was dropped straightaway being sacked from captaincy roles.
Sarfaraz Ahmed dropped as PCB announces ODI squad vs New Zealand
The former captain proved his worth getting back to the domestic arena to get recalled to the team but did not get many chances to appeal to the authorities.
After a few playing opportunities, he is yet to deliver what is expected from him, and hence, has been halted for Pak vs NZ ODI series. It is pertinent to mention that the 34-year-old played his last ODI vs Zimbabwe in November.
As revealed by the PCB, PAK vs NZ Series will witness a 25% filled ballpark. In the three-match ODI series, 25% of the crowd will accommodate around 4,500 spectators on 17, 19, and 21 September respectively.
Pakistan ODI squad:
Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Saud Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, and Zahid Mahmood