The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wednesday announced a 15-member squad for the Asia Cup 2022 and a 16-player side for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures against the Netherlands. The Asia Cup will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 27 August to 11 September, while the ODI series against the Netherlands will take place from August 16-21.
Fast bowler Naseem Shah has been named in both squads in place of Hasan Ali, while Salman Ali Agha, who toured England in 2021 for the ODIs, has been recalled. Shaheen Shah Afridi has been retained in the ODI and T20I squads, and his rehabilitation program will be overseen by the team trainer and physiotherapist, who will also decide on his return to international cricket.
There will be five changes from the Netherlands ODI squad to the ACC T20 Asia Cup side. Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha and Zahid Mehmood will be replaced by Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir.
Experienced cricketer Shoaib Malik, who last featured in T20 World Cup 2021, is also out from the Asia Cup 2022 squad. In a statement, chief selector Muhammad Wasim said the PCB has only made “changes that were necessary”. “Both the competitions are important for us and, as such, we have picked our best available players in consultation with the captain and head coach,” he said.
Pakistan squad for ACC T20 Asia Cup: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.
Pakistan squad for Netherlands ODIs: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Zahid Mehmood.
ACC T20 Asia Cup
Group A – India, Pakistan and Qualifier (one of UAE, Kuwait and Hong Kong to qualify)
Group B – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka
Aug 28 – Pakistan v India, Dubai
Sep 2 – Pakistan v Qualifier, Sharjah
Sep 3-9 – Super Four Stage
Sep 11 – Final, Dubai
Tour of Netherlands
Aug 16 – 1st ODI; VOC Cricket Ground, Rotterdam
Aug 18 – 2nd ODI; VOC Cricket Ground, Rotterdam
Aug 21 – 3rd ODI; VOC Cricket Ground, Rotterdam
Training camp :
The training camp for the players will be held in Lahore from 6-11 August, during which they will also play two 50-over matches.
The side will depart for Amsterdam in the wee hours of Friday, 12 August. T20I players will join the squad in Dubai for the ACC T20 Asia Cup on 22 August.