The side that will represent Pakistan at the 2023 Asia Cup will also play in a three-match ODI series against Afghanistan later this month. While Babar Azam still serves as the team's captain and the roster is loaded with talent, there have been a few noticeable absences as well. The first obvious omission from the team was Shan Masood, and pacer Ihsanullah was also left off of the final 18-man roster. Another name, Shahnawaz Dahani, was unsuccessful in getting a spot in the team.
The bowler performed regularly for Pakistan's cricket team up until last year, but in 2023, he hasn't appeared in a single game. Currently, Dahani is competing in the Lanka Premier League, after missing the opportunity to play in the Pakistan Super League due to an injury. However, Dahani appears to be quite upset at being left out of Pakistan's squad for the Asia Cup 2023.
Hence, he criticised former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif when he released a list of Pakistan bowlers' statistics in List-A cricket but pointed out that Dahani was not included in the list. Replying to Rashid Latif’s tweet, Dahani tweeted “Seems as if Dahani is not a Pakistan pacer?" before deleting the controversial tweet.
Latif accepted his mistake but Dahani posted another tweet targeted at the selection committee. “Not even single journalist or cricket analyst even dared to ask questions or show these stats to selectors #Ripsportsjournalism," wrote Dahani in his next tweet.
The Pakistan Cricket Board, according to reports, is not at all pleased with Dahani's antics and is expected to take stern action against the pacer. The Pakistani team will begin their preparations for the ODI World Cup 2023 with a three-day camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore before travelling to Hambantota on August 18.