Pakistan have announced their squads for upcoming ODI and T20I series against West Indies, scheduled to take place from December 13 to 22. There are a few surprising exclusions from the side as Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim have not been included in the side.
"As we have been playing T20Is since October and now have a pretty settled and balanced side, we have decided to reduce the number of players to 15. As such, we have not included Imad Wasim, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik," said Pakistan chief selector Muhammad Wasim.
It looks like the trio have been dropped from with Babar Azam's side building a young squad for upcoming mega events. While Hasan Ali's name is also not there, Muhammad Wasim confirmed that he has been rested for the series.
Here is the list of players who will turn up for Pakistan in the upcoming white-ball series against West Indies:
T20I squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir.
ODI squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mohammad Hasnain, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir.
Travelling reserve: Abdullah Shafique.
Pakistan also names U-19 squad for Asia Cup and World Cup
Pakistan Cricket Board have also named the Under-19 squad which will represent the nation in upcoming U-19 Asia Cup and U-19 Men's World Cup, to be held in UAE (Dec 2021) and West Indies (Jan-Feb 2022) respectively. Youngster Qasim Akram has been announced as the captain of a side which features next generation of star cricketers for Pakistan.
U-19 Squad: Qasim Akram (c), Abdul Faseeh, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Ahmed Khan,Ali Asfand, Arham Nawab, Awais Ali, Faisal Akram, Haseebullah, Irfan Khan Niazi, Maaz Sadaqat, Mehran Mumtaz, Mohammad Shehzad, Rizwan Mehmood, Zeeshan Zameer.
Travelling reserves: Ghazi Ghori (wk), Mohammad Zeeshan.