Pakistan announces 35-players cricket team for New Zealand tour

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk) The head coach and chief selector of the national cricket team, Misbah-ul-Haq, has named a 35-member national squad for the New Zealand series. For both the national cricket team and the Pakistan Shaheens, players in the team would be available. On November 23, the national squad will head for Lincoln.

From December 18 to January 7, the 3-match 2020 and 2-Test series will run between Pakistan and New Zealand. Pakistan Shaheens, meanwhile, has 2 four-day and 4 T20 matches to attend. Cricket in New Zealand will soon announce full details of the New Zealand tour of Pakistan Shaheens.

In the cricket team of Pakistan, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain Test cricket), Shadab Khan (vice-captain T20 International), Muhammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhr Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shaun Masood, Zeeshan Malik, Danish Aziz, Haider Ali, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdal Shah, Rohail Nazir (Wicket Keeper), Emad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar, Emad Butt, Fahim Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Abbas,  Muhammad Musa, Naseem Shah, Sohail Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz.

After discussing head coaches of all cricket organisations, junior cricket team head coach Ijaz Ahmed and head of international player development Thaqleen Mushtaq, Misbah-ul-Haq, chief coach and chief selector of the national cricket team, finalised the roster. Young batsmen Zeeshan Malik, Danish all-rounder Aziz, Imran Butt and Emad Butt, who excelled in domestic cricket, are part of the squad declared for the New Zealand tour.

The wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail Nazir, who was included in the national squad against Zimbabwe, was also listed in the national squad for the tour of New Zealand, in addition to the outstanding performances of Usman Qadir and Abdullah Shafiq. Misbah-ul – Haq, the national cricket team ‘s chief selector and head coach, says that we have to finish a 14-day quarantine period in New Zealand because of COVID-19.

For the tour of New Zealand, we have created a full squad of two separate teams. Misbah-ul – Haq said it was very important for us to have two test matches against New Zealand, the ICC World Test champions. The national players will continue to do well against New Zealand, it is hoped. The chief selector said he congratulated young players such as Emad Butt, Danish Aziz, Imran Batawar and Rohail Nazir on joining the New Zealand tour squad.

No one questions these players’ skill and technological prowess. He said that these players are the national cricket team’s bench strength and that’s why, like a few other players, they have been picked solely for Pakistan Shaheens. Misbah-ul-Haq said that, due to unsatisfactory batting form, Asad Shafiq was dropped from the squad. In his last 15 innings, he has scored just 510 runs. Of these, just 67 runs were scored on the England tour.

The chief selector and head coach said, ‘Asad Shafiq is an accomplished batsman and we want him to do well in first-class cricket and recover his lost form like cricketer Faraz Ahmed.’ “We have replaced the young players in the squad with Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir,” he said. We took this decision because of their success quality, bearing in mind the calendar of five big events in the next two years while keeping Muhammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz in the squad.