Pakistan’s is scheduled to play the first T20I against New Zealand on December 18. Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday announced a 15-member squad for the first T20I against New Zealand tomorrow.
Skipper Shadab Khan said a 17-member squad has been allowed. “Musa Khan and Usman Qadir may be included if need be.”
Shadab was picked as captain after Babar Azam who was ruled out of the New Zealand T20Is after suffering a fracture in his right thumb during Sunday morning’s practice session.
Led by Shadab Khan, the team includes Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Wahab Riaz.
“It is an honour for me to lead the Pakistan team for the first time,” Shadab Khan said, adding that he will “definitely miss Babar Azam”.
“Babar Azam’s absence is the best opportunity for new players to showcase their talents,” Shadab Khan said. “The team should be ready to show an aggressive performance like Babar Azam.”
Shadab said he has played at Eden Park before so he has experience. “This stadium has shorter boundaries. I am looking forward to playing there once again in the presence of spectators.”
Pakistan Squad for 1st T20I:
Shadab Khan (c), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz.