The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Babar Azam will be leading the side at the biennial tournament while Shadab Khan will play his deputy. There were no surprises in the squad picked as the players who represented the team at Asia Cup 2022 have been retained.
A bonus was that star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi who missed out on playing in the continental showpiece event has made a return to Pakistan’s T20I side after recovering from his knee injury. Mohammad Wasim Jr has also been included in the 15-man squad. Meanwhile, three reserves have also been named. Batter Fakhar Zaman, pacer Shahnawaz Dahini, and wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Haris have been kept on the standby players list.
Overall, the squad looks good with quality pacers, skilful spinners, and in-form batters in the mix. However, former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir thinks otherwise. The former pacer does not like the squad as it seems from his latest tweet that came right after the announcement. Amir took a direct dig at the chief selector of PCB as he called his selections ‘cheap’. “chief slector ki cheap selection,” tweeted Amir minutes after the squad announcement.
It’s worth mentioning that Amir has expressed his desire to come out of retirement. But the 30-year-old has also clearly mentioned that he will only think about it when current PCB Chief Ramiz Raja will resign from the post.
"Our relationship goes back a long way and it won't end. Everyone knows Ramiz Raja's views about me so I don't think this is the right time to consider taking back retirement. When Ramiz Raja leaves PCB, I will make an announcement about my availability if needed," Amir had said during an interview with Samaa TV in July.
Notably, the left-arm quick had announced his retirement in December 2020 and had cited unfair treatment by the management as the reason.