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Pakistan announce 35-member squad for New Zealand tour; Asad Shafiq dropped

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Asad Shafiq scored solely 67 runs in England and was struggling even earlier than that.

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Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand’s dwelling season for 2019-20 is about to begin and Pakistan is among the groups scheduled to tour the Kiwi nation. The 2 sides will face one another in three T20 Internationals and two Exams ranging from December 18. With round solely 5 weeks to go, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has introduced the vacationers’ squad of 35 members to journey New Zealand.

That is the primary tour for Babar Azam after being appointed because the Check captain. He changed Azhar Ali from the helm quickly after the Zimbabwe T20Is which Pakistan received by 3-0. So far as the squad is worried, the main title lacking is of the veteran middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq who didn’t have a good time in England. He has been dropped from the Pakistan’s Check facet for the primary time in his 10-year profession.

However he has been struggling together with his type since very long time and the pinnacle coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq cited the identical cause for leaving him out. He additionally hoped that Shafiq will quickly discover his groove by enjoying home cricket and make a comeback to the staff.

“Asad Shafiq has been unnoticed on account of lack of type after he managed 510 runs in his final 15 innings, together with a complete of 67 runs in England. Asad is an skilled batsman and I’m certain he’ll utilise this time to work tougher on his recreation within the home first-class matches in order that he, like Sarfaraz Ahmed, can reclaim his type and be again in rivalry for the upcoming Exams in opposition to South Africa and Zimbabwe,” Misbah mentioned in accordance with Cricket Pakistan.

Fawad Alam retains his place in Pakistan facet

In the meantime, Fawad Alam has been retained within the Check staff and is prone to make it to the enjoying XI on a constant foundation now that Asad Shafiq is nort within the facet. Fawad had performed within the third and final Check in opposition to England however had did not make his comeback memorable.

In one other main improvement, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has been named the vice-captain of the Check staff. Shadab Khan would be the deputy for Babar Azam within the shorter format. Furthermore, Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik are additionally not the a part of the squad who’re common faces within the T20Is. Each these gamers have been ‘rested’ for the lately concluded Zimbabwe collection too.

Right here’s Pakistan’s squad for New Zealand tour:

Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Zeeshan Malik, Babar Azam (C), Azhar Ali, Danish Aziz, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Imran Butt, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan (Check VC), Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan (T20I VC), Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Musa, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan

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