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Pakistan picks Haider Ali, Naseem Shah for England T20Is

 Sports Desk

 Published: 10:49 PM, 21 August 2020  

Pakistan picks Haider Ali, Naseem Shah for England T20Is

Pakistan picks Haider Ali, Naseem Shah for England T20Is

Pakistan have picked up 19-year-old Naseem Shah and Haider Ali among 17 players for the upcoming T20I series against England. Veterans Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz, all of whom are already part of the bio-bubble in England, have also been named.

Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed returns to the T20I fold along with explosive opener Fakhar Zaman, but Shan Masood, who was among the runs in the Pakistan Super League earlier this year, couldn't quite make the cut.

"This is mostly the same team which has been featuring in the shortest format for us," Pakistan Head Coach and Chief Selector Misbah-ul-Haq said. "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.

"Our two experienced bowlers in Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have also returned to the side, along with Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed."

Pakistan had lost eight out of their ten games towards the end of last year when twin victories over Bangladesh earlier this year set that record straight.

"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," Misbah said. 

"So, even the players who might not get an opportunity to play will benefit from the experience they are getting here. It is going to be a competitive series as England are a strong side. We are looking forward to play good cricket and win the series."

The first of the three T20Is in Manchester is scheduled for August 28.

Pakistan squad: 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.