Last Updated on September 9, 2021 by Umar Khan
Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the initial 15 members Squad for the coming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Remember that the deadline from ICC is to announce T20 World Cup Squads before September 10. So, PCB has finalized the initial 15 players squad for the T20 World Cup 2021, and the same squad will play against New Zealand and England before the T20 mega event.
The squad has so many questions regarding the surprised enclosure of Asif Ali and Khusdil Shah. Azam Khan is another team member for the world cup who was not the preferred choice before. However, all three players are very talented and can score against any opposition. But PCB has overlooked some experienced players, like Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Amir, and Wahab Riaz.
Talking about the enclosure of Asif Ali and Khusdil Shah, the Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim said, “Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah may not have impressive numbers against their names, but hardly anyone can doubt their tremendous talent and prowess.”
He further explained that “They are the best in the available pool of middle-order batsmen and we remain confident that they will provide our solutions to our middle-order difficulties through solid performances.”
Pakistan 15 Members Squad T20 World Cup 2021
The PCB has overlooked the Experience this time. They did not include Muhammad Amir, one of the fastest and experienced fast bowlers. No Wahab Riaz, again a bit surprising, and Shoaib Malik could have strengthened the middle order.
Pakistan’s number one choice for wicketkeeping will be Muhammad Rizwan. The inform batsman of the year. But for a second choice, Azam Khan is preferred over the experienced Sarfaraz Ahmad. Azam Khan the heavyweight is improving day by day and his recent performance in the CPL is quite impressive. So, can be a good choice to lower down the order.
Three players couldn’t make it to the squad initially but they will remain with the team as reserve players. Fakhar Zaman, the hero of the Champions Trophy final is not in the initial squad. Shahnawaz Dhani the one prospect of PSL could not the attention of the selectors as the first choice and Usman Qadir the leg spinner who could be a good ploy for the spinning tracks will be a reserve player for the moment.
ICC T20 World Cup Squad
Squad: Babar Azam (c), 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 Shah Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood.
The Same squad that is announced for the coming ICC T20 World Cup will play against New Zealand from 25th September to 3rd October. And just before the World Cup Pakistan will take on England on 13th and 14th October. These two series will team Pakistan to prepare in a better way for the coming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.