Pakistan have named a 29-man squad for their tour of England. But Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Haris Sohail were not available for England tour.
Sports Desk- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the 29-member squad for the tour of England on Friday. Apart from these, 4 players have been kept in reserve. Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has returned to the team after 8 months.
Fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir, and middle-order batsman Haris Sohail were not available for selection. Hasan is suffering from a back injury, Amir withdrew so that he can be at the birth of his second child in August while Haris took the option of pulling out of the tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pakistan team has to play 3 Tests and 3 T20 series in August-September on England tour. The first Test will be played at Lord’s on 30 July. At the same time, the T20 series will start on 29 August.
The team includes under-19 batsman Haider Ali. He was Pakistan U19’s second-most successful batsman with 317 runs against South Africa in June, fifth leading run-getter with 218 runs in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in Bangladesh, aggregated 645 runs – including a century in the final – at just under 50 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, finished as Pakistan’s third-best batsman with 107 runs in the U19 World Cup 2020 before contributi239 runs in nine matches at a strike-rate of over 158 for Peshawar Zalmi in the unfinished Pakistan Super League 2020.
Pakistan’s 29-man squad for England tour
Openers: Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood
Middle-order batsmen: Azhar Ali (Test captain), Babar Azam (Test vice-captain and T20I captain), Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed
Fast bowlers: Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz
Spin bowlers: Imad Wasim, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah