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Shoaib Malik replaces injured Sohaib Maqsood in final T20 World Cup squad

Shoaib Malik

All-rounder Shoaib Malik has been named as a replacement for the injured Sohaib Maqsood for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman which begins on October 17.

The final squad for the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup was revealed by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday in which Malik was left out. 

Maqsood, who was part of the 15-member squad, had sustained a back injury during the National T20 Cup in Lahore. He underwent MRI scans for the lower back after the National T20 encounter against Northern on October 6. 

Fakhar Zaman, along with Haider Ali and Sarfaraz Ahmed, has been added to the side as a result of PCB’s last 15 adjustments. 

Muhammad Hasnain has been dropped, while Shahnawaz Dahani and Khushdil Shah, together with Usman Qadir, have been added to the reserve list. 

Today, the World Cup-bound national team will enter a bio-secure bubble. After being tested for coronavirus, the players will be isolated for one day. 

From Sunday, the team will train at the National High Performance Centre (NHPC) in preparation for the tournament. 

From October 17 to November 14, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be contested in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan is in Group 2 and will play India on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium to begin their campaign. 

“After assessing player performances in the highly competitive National T20 and in collaboration with the team management, we have decided to select Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman, and Sarfaraz Ahmed in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021,” Muhammad Wasim stated.  

“The three in-form players add a variety of skill and expertise to the team, as well as more stability, balance, and strength. 

Final T20 World Cup Squad 

Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik

Travelling Reserves: Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab), Shahnawaz Dahani (Sindh) and Usman Qadir (Central Punjab) 

Player Support Personnel: Mansoor Rana (manager), Saqlain Mushtaq (interim head coach), Shahid Aslam (assistant head coach), Matthew Hayden (batting consultant), Vernon Philander (bowling consultant), Cliffe Deacon (physiotherapist), Drikus Saaiman (strength and conditioning coach), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach), Talha Ejaz (team analyst), Col (retd) Muhammad Imran (Security Manager), Ibrahim Badees (media and digital manager), Dr Najeeb Soomro (team doctor) and Malang Ali (masseur) 

Pakistan’s World Cup Schedule 

24 Oct – Pakistan v India, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 

26 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 

29 Oct – Pakistan v Afghanistan, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 

2 Nov – Pakistan v A2, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi 

7 Nov – Pakistan v B1, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 

Semi Final and Final 

10 Nov – 1st semi-final, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi 

11 Nov – 2nd semi-final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 

14 Nov – Final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 

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