On Monday. September 6, 2021, Pakistan Cricket board announced the 15-men squad for the upcoming Scheduled T20 world Cup 2021. The event is scheduled to be held in UAE and Oman from 17 October 2021.
Pakistan will start its campaign with a tough and interesting game against India on 24 October in Dubai.
In the group, Pakistan will also play against New Zealand, Afghanistan and two other qualifying teams from the group.
As expected, Babar Azam will lead the Pakistan team and Muhammad Rizwan will be the vice-captain for this mega event.
Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Muhammad Hafeez has successfully made their place in the squad. It is very astonishing to know that PCB has not announced any backup opener for this T20 World Cup. However, Fakhar Zaman is placed in the list of Reserve players.
Due to the consistent performance in the middle order during the second leg of Pakistan Super League, Sohaib Maqsood has made his place in the 15-men team. Sohaib Maqsood remained the higher run scorer during the HBL PSL.
It is very interesting that PCB has not selected Shoaib Malik for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 because he has not player for Pakistan since September 2020. According to sources, Babar Azam wanted to select Shoaib Malik for the tournament but his request was denied. Moreover, Sarfraz Ahmad, ex captain, also not selected for this event.
An upcoming star, Shahnawaz Dhani along with Usman Qadir are included in the list of reserve players and will travel with the team to UAE and Oman. After impressive performance, Azam Khan has successfully made his place in the squad. He made his debut for Pakistan on England tour earlier this year.
The same squad will be playing against New Zealand and England in the upcoming series at home.
Here’s Pakistan’s squad for T20 World Cup:
- Babar Azam
- Shadab Khan
- Asif Ali
- Azam Khan
- Haris Rauf
- Hasan Ali
- Imad Wasim
- Khushdil Shah
- Mohammad Hafeez
- Mohammad Hasnain
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Mohammad Wasim
- Shaheen Afridi
- Sohaib Maqsood
Reserve Player: Shahnawaz Dhani, Usman Qadir, Fakhar Zaman