Pakistan Cricket team for T20 World Cup finalized

Pakistan’s squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is now confirmed, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 14 November. Pakistan is in Group 2 and will start their fight for the title by playing against India on 24 October at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali have replaced Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain based on their performance in the National T20 cup currently goinig. Fakhar Zaman, who was originally named as a travel reserve, has swapped places with Khushdil Shah. Fakhar Zaman’s entry was hinted by Ramiz Raja in an interview saying that Zaman can play well agains spin in UAE:

Pakistan’s 15-player squad

Babar Azam (captain)
Shadab Khan (vice-captain)
Asif Ali
Fakhar Zaman
Haider Ali
Haris Rauf
Hasan Ali
Imad Wasim
Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Nawaz
Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Wasim Jnr
Sarfaraz Ahmed
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Sohaib Maqsood

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Chief selector Muhammad Wasim: “After reviewing player performances in the highly-competitive National T20 and in consultation with the team management, we have decided to include Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

“The three in-form players bring with them wealth of experience and talent, and provide further stability, balance and strength to the side.

“It must be tough for Azam, Khushdil and Hasnain for missing out but they still have a lot to offer in their careers. They are in our future plans as a lot of cricket has to be played post the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and in the lead up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

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“I am pleased with the intensity and high quality of cricket that we have witnessed in the National T20. It has not only provided the players excellent match practice in the lead up to the UAE competition, it has also given us the opportunity to closely monitor the player progress and then make decisions that are in the best interest of the side for what will be a cut-throat tournament.”

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