Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the squad for South Africa and Zimbabwe tours, with Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez returns to the T20I team.
Shadab Khan, who has been appointed Vice-Captain, is another cricketer who has made a comeback in the national T20I team. Arshad Iqbal was included in the T20I squad for the first time, alongside Mohammad Wasim Jnr, who was named in both the T20I and ODI squads, and Shahnawaz Dahani of Larkana, who was named in the Test squad against Zimbabwe.
The seven T20Is and two Tests will be counted against the ICC T20I and Test Team Rankings, respectively, while the three ODIs against South Africa will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, a 13-team competition from which the top seven teams will automatically qualify for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
Pakistan’s 35-man squad for South Africa and Zimbabwe tours will fly to Johannesburg on March 26 for three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against South Africa. On the 17th of April, they will travel to Bulawayo for three Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests against Zimbabwe. The team is set to return on May 12th.
A training camp for the white-ball players will begin on March 19 at the Gaddafi Stadium, before team’s departure for Johannesburg. The players will arrive in Lahore on March 18th, following PCR tests in their respective cities on March 16th, and will undergo additional PCR tests on March 18, 21, and 24th. The players will be held in a bio-secure environment during the Lahore camp.
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The T20I and ODI teams each have 18 players, with 14 of them participating in both formats, while the Test squad has 20 players, with eight of them appearing in all three formats.
Pakistan T20I Squad
Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC), Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Waseem Jr, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal, Usman Qadir
Babar Azam (C), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Waseem Jr, Shadan Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Usman Qadir
Babar Azam (C), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Tabish Khan, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dhani, Nauman Ali, Zahid Mehmood, Sajid Khan
South Africa Tour Schedule
26 March – Departure for Johannesburg
2 April – 1st ODI; SuperSport Park, Pretoria
4 April – 2nd ODI; Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
7 April – 3rd ODI; SuperSport Park, Pretoria
10 April – 1st T20I; Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
12 April – 2nd T20I; Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
14 April – 3rd T20I; SuperSport Park, Pretoria
16 April – 4th T20I; SuperSport Park, Pretoria