The Pakistan cricket team for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 2016 and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) T20 Asia Cup 2016 has been declared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“While picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted by the selectors, and all concerned gave their consent in this regard.” Mr. Haroon Rashid, chief-selector for PCB stated, as reported by pcb.com.pk.
The Pakistan cricket team contains four uncapped players in the T20 International format. Allrounder Mohammad Nawaz, batsmen Khurram Manzoor and Babar Azam and fast bowler Rumman Raees were included for the World T20 hosted by India in March and April.
Opener Ahmed Shehzad was left out form the squad along with batsmen Shoaib Maqsood and Saad Nasim. Star fast bowler Umar Gul was also left out of the team.
Pakistan was supposed to declare their squad by Feb 8, 2016 however the decision was delayed owing to selection dilemmas over the opening slot. Shehzad has been going through a bad patch and his omission from the squad was predicted. But, the omission of Manzoor has created some controversy.
“The T20 team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions during Asia Cup and World T20 and the recent performances of some players in domestic and A team tours.” Rashid added.
The Pakistan Cricket Team for the World T20 and the Asia Cup T20 does not contain any specialist spinner. The squad heavily banks on allrounders like Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik.
Squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Rumman Raees
Team Officials: Intikhab Alam (Team Manager), Waqar Younis (Head Coach), Mushtaq Ahmed (Spin Bowling Coach), Grant William Flower (Batting Coach), Yasir Malik, Grant Trafford Luden, Dr. Sohail Saleem (Physiotherapist), Shahid Aslam, Col. Azam Khan, Agha Akbar, Talah Ejaz, Malang Ali
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