Announcement of squad for England and West Indies tour, Azam Khan manages to make room

Harris Sohail’s ODI, Emad Wasim’s return to T20 squad — File Photo: AP

The selection committee of the national cricket team has announced the squads of the Pakistani cricket team for the tour of England and West Indies.

According to a press release issued in this regard, Harris Sohail’s ODI, Emad Wasim’s T20 matches while Muhammad Abbas and Naseem Shah’s Test matches have returned to the squad.

In addition, middle-order batsman Azam Khan has been made a part of the national T20 team for the first time while Salman Ali Agha has been made a part of the ODI team.

ODI squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhr Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan.  Salman Ali Agha, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir.

T20 squad :: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhr Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Emad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz  , Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Sarfraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir

Test squad: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Noman  Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dhani, Yasir Shah (subject to fitness), Zahid Mahmood

A statement issued by the PCB said that Azam Khan, 22, of Quetta Gladiators is a new face in T20 International.

The national team will play three ODIs and the same number of International T20 matches against England from July 8 to 20, after which the Green Shirts will leave for the West Indies to play five T20s and two Tests.

Yasir Shah’s inclusion in the team is conditional on fitness as he is suffering from a knee injury and will therefore play a Test series against Zimbabwe.

The statement said that the selectors have retained spinners Zahid Mehmood, Noman Ali and Sajid Khan in the squad, while Saud Shakeel, who was ruled out of the ODI series against South Africa due to injury, was also able to find a place in the squad again.  Salman Ali Agha has been called up for the ODI team.

Test team is stable: Muhammad Wasim

Later in a press conference, Chief Selector Muhammad Waseem said that it is very important to improve the fitness but at the same time the need of the team was also taken into consideration in the selection of the squad.

About Emad Waseem, he said that there is a possibility of World Cup in UAE and Emad Waseem’s performance has been very good in UAE so he was included in the team keeping in view the future.

Asked about the domestic players, Wasim said that the Test team is stable and the players with good performance are ready to join the team which we have ranked.

Asked about the performance of the players, he said that they are trying to make the team stable before the World Cup, no team is 100% ready before the World Cup, there are one to two slots that are reconsidered.  And if the next tour doesn’t fill those slots, PSL and domestic performance will be seen.

Asked about the exclusion of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez from the team, he said that talks were underway with both of them but neither I nor anyone else had the right to decide the career of any player.  There were better options, they have been added to the team.

Muhammad Waseem said that the PCB has maintained consistency in the selection and has retained the players who have been a part of the system for a long time.

He said that this is a very important tour for Pakistan as the national team will play World Cup Super League matches against England and T20 matches against England and West Indies in preparation for the T20 World Cup.

“We have tried to maintain a winning combination in the team but at the same time we have included four experienced players and Azam Khan in the team on the basis of domestic performance to give them the confidence they need for future challenges,” he said.  can go.

He said that Muhammad Abbas, Yasir Shah and Haris Sohail have been successful in gaining form and fitness due to which they were included in the squad.

“With the return of four players, we have been able to get some players out of the squad and it was not an easy decision for us, but we have the best interests of the team in the upcoming tours keeping in view the needs of the team and the opponent  I decided unanimously.

Azam Khan lost 30 kg

Aggressive middle-order batsman Azam Khan has been named in the national team for the first time.

Azam Khan has been in the spotlight of selectors since last year but he was instructed to lose 130 kg for selection in the national team.

Azam Khan, son of former national team captain Moin Khan, has claimed that he has lost 30 kg in the last 12 months and has been batting at a strike rate of 157 in 36 domestic matches so far.