T20I Cricket is now the most popular all over the World and it’s a pleaser for Pakistan cricket lovers that now we will enjoy the game on our home ground. Come to the point of discussing the Pakistan T20I squad and Schedule for the Pak vs SA contest.
Chief selector Muhammad Wasim announces the squad in Lahore. The two sides will feature in a three-match series at the Gaddafi Stadium on 11, 13, and 14 February. Leg spinner Zahid Mahmood is in line to be named in the T20I squad.
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will announce the Pakistan T20I squad for the series against South Africa in Lahore on January 31. Veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz as well as all-rounders Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan were the notable absentees as chief selector Mohammad Wasim named Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.
Pakistan T20I squad comprises the following players
Babar Azam, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Hussain Talat, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Zafar Gohar, Faheem Ashraf, Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mehmood
As per the precedent set by Wasim in the Test squad, the T20I group, too, featured a bunch of domestic stalwarts such as Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Zahid Mehmood, and Danish Aziz. Aamer Yameen and Asif Ali, who had largely been forgotten, also mark their return.
Among the notable absentees were veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Musa Khan, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, and Abdullah Shafique.
The chief selector explains that Riaz’s absence was performance-related whereas Shadab was injured, Imad had a family issue and Hafeez was unavailable due to his participation in the T10 league.
Pak vs SA: Wasim announces the Pakistan T20I squad in Lahore during a press conference, which was broadcast live on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s official YouTube channel.
The incumbent chief selector, who had replaced Misbah-ul-Haq late last year, had sprung a series of surprises in the Test squad, opting to give opportunities to some of the top performers of a domestic circuit, including Nauman Ali, who went on to have an exceptional debut against South Africa in the first Test.