Naseem Shah Called Up, Mohammad Amir Included In Pakistan Squad For England T20Is
Two 19-year-olds Naseem Shah and Haider Ali have been called up to the Pakistan squad for England T20Is.
Pakistan call up Naseem Shah, Haider Ali to T20I squad for England series
Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz also included
Pakistan play three T20Is vs England starting August 28
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday named a 17-member squad for their upcoming T20I series against England starting from August 28. The Babar Azam-led team will play three T20Is behind closed doors, in a bio-secure environment at Olf Trafford, Manchester. Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have returned to the squad. "This is mostly the same team which has been featuring in the shortest format for us. Besides retaining the core, we have inducted youngsters like Haider Ali, who has performed well in the HBL PSL, U19 and first-class cricket, and Naseem Shah as we had an opportunity to keep a bigger pool due to Covid-19 pandemic, which also increases our options," said Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq in an official statement.
"Usually, the T20I team comes together for a brief period but due to the current situation most of the players have been here with us for more than a month and it has provided us a good opportunity to work on the development of the team and the young players," he added.
Pakistan squad for England T20Is: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, and Wahab Riaz.
Pakistan are currently playing a three-match Test series against England. The hosts lead the series 1-0. The T20I series will begin three days after the scheduled last day of the final Test.