The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a 16 man Pakistan squad to play against the World XI. The World XI is set to play a three match T20 series later this month. The below mentioned players will be in action in the upcoming series:
SARFARAZ AHMED (CAPTAIN)
He is a right-handed batsmen. His aggressive style of batting will be a key to success for Pakistan. He has scored 359 runs at an average of 29.91 and have scored two half centuries in 29 matches, his highest score is 76*.
The newly appointed skipper has started his captaincy career with success by winning his ever ICC event as a captain, Champions Trophy 2017. In his captaincy, Pakistan has also won 6 consecutive T20i matches, one against England and the rest of them against West Indies. Pakistan also whitewashed West Indies, this was the first ever three match T20i series whitewash in the history of this sport.
Pakistan’s one of the greatest all-rounder Shoaib Malik, is a right-handed batsmen and is a Right-arm off-break spin bowler. Malik has performed for Pakistan in all situations and has always given his 100% for the team. He will be a caution for the World XI side. He has represented Pakistan in 86 T20i and has scored 1,625 runs at an average of 28.01 and has taken 25 wickets at an average of 23.04.
The Pakistani all-rounder is a left-handed batsmen and is a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler. In T20i cricket he is very handy with the ball than with the bat. He has played 19 T20i matches in which he has scored 90 runs at an average of 12.85 and has taken 23 wickets at an average 16.73. He is the second Pakistani bowler to take a 5-wicket haul in T20i.
The Right-handed batsmen has played 8 T20i matches and has scored 253 runs at an astonishing average of 50.60. He has the best score of 55. He bats at no.3. He along with Shoaib Malik will be a caution for the opponent side.
A left-arm fast bowler who has represented Pakistan in 31 T20i and has taken 34 wickets at an average of 23.79 with the best of 3/18. The fast bowler can bowl up to the speed of 140-145 km/h. For his team he is a lead bowler who always dominates the opponent batsmen. His strong nerves are his key to a successful player.
Pakistan’s newest bowling sensation Hassan Ali, now popularly known as The Wicket Taker. He is a Right-arm medium-fast bowler who is always ready to take wickets for his team. He has played 7 T20i matches in which he has taken 10 wickets at an average of 19.70. His success in Champions Trophy will be his plus point. He can also bat when the team needs him.
The right-arm fast bowler finally got his place back in the team. Sohail can also bat aggressively and can win matches batting at the end of the batting lineup. Sohail has represented Pakistan in three T20i and has taken two wickets at an average of 25.50 with the best of 2/13. Sohail was the highest wicket taker in the last edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan is set to play in front of his home crowd for the first time. Shadab is a leg-break spin bowler and Right-hand batsmen. Shadab is very handy with the ball and can take crucial wickets. He recorded the most economical figures for a bowler completing their four overs on debut in a T20I. He has played 4 matches and has taken 10 wickets at an average of just 7.50! And has scored 16 runs at an average of 16.00.
The right-handed aggressive opening batsmen Ahmed Shezad has played 48 T20i matches since his debut. He has scored 1,113 runs at an average of 24.63. He has also scored a century (113 runs) and has scored 5 fifties. He is the only Pakistani batsmen to score a hundred in all formats of the game.
Aamir Yamin (all-rounder) is a right-arm medium-pace bowler and is a right-handed batsmen. He has only represented Pakistan in 1 T20i match. He has taken only 1 wicket with the best of 1/12. His domestic career is very professional. He will be a key player for Pakistan.
He is an All-rounder, a slow-left arm-orthodox spinner and is a left-hand batsmen. Nawaz haven’t made an impact in international cricket but was successful in the first edition of PSL, he Played for Quetta Gladiators and was declared Man of the Match twice in the first four matches. He has played 5 matches and has taken 3 wickets at an average of 38.
Fakhar is a left hand opening batsmen and has been prominent in odi but in T20i has played 3 matches and has scored just 26 runs at an average of 13.00. But he has been performing well in domestic T20 matches. Fakhar’s destructive batting style will be a danger for the World XI team.
The left-arm medium-fast bowler Rumman Raees is yet to play an international match in front of his crowd. Rumman, who was recently selected for the Champions Trophy, had a successful campaign. He has played 2 T20i matches for Pakistan and has taken 1 wicket with the best of 1/25 at an average of 35.00. Rumman also played in the PSL and had a successful event.
Usman who is a right-arm medium-fast bowler, he has represented Pakistan in 2 T20i matches has not taken a wicket yet. Usman had a great event in the Pakistan Super League and dominated the opponent batsmen.
Umar is an all-rounder, a left-handed batsmen and a Right-arm medium fast bowler. He has played 10 T20i matches for Pakistan and has scored 76 runs at an average of 12.66 he haven’t bowled a ball in T20i cricket. Umar is a very talented player and has performed in domestic cricket in other formats of the game.
Fahim is the only player on this list who is yet to make his T20i debut. He is an all-rounder, a left-handed batsmen and a right-arm medium pacer. Fahim will be a handy all-rounder for Pakistan as the nation has been lacking a fast bowling all-rounder for ages now. In domestic cricket, he has played 10 matches, scored 60 runs at an average of 10.00 and has taken 4 wickets at an average of 71.75.
This is the Pakistan Squad for World XI series. The squad is inexperienced but strong. What do you think about the squad?
Written By Tooba Bint Sara.