Wasim Announces Pakistan Squad For West Indies Tour

For the West Indies and England tour in June, the Pakistan squad selectors have announced their team. The squad comprises a total of 19 participants, which includes Azam Khan. In England, the Pakistan team will be playing three ODIs and five T20Is, while for the West Indies tour, Pakistan play 5 T20Is and 2 tests. The tour for England and West Indies prepares for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later in 2021. 

Pakistan has retained the team’s core players, such as Azam Khan, the uncapped right-hand batsman after Stellar returned in the Pakistan Super League. Khan has a record of a strike rate of over 144 for the Quetta Gladiators. However, he was unable to continue against England after scoring six runs in two games. 

They have also included fast bowlers Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah in the Test side because they had missed out on the South Africa and Zimbabwe series. Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail has been included in the ODI side, while Imad Wasim has been placed in the T20I side. Imad had also missed South Africa and Zimbabwe series. 

Meanwhile, Yasir Shah has yet to come back to the team since his knee injury in the Zimbabwe tests has not fully recovered. Wasim has also retained the leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood, left-arm spinner Nauman Ali and off-spinner Sajid Khan for the Jamaica Test. Additionally, uncapped Saud Shakeel has recovered his spot after missing the South Africa ODIs because of a physical issue. Salman Ali Agha has also been called up for the ODIs. 

Muhammad Wasim, Pakistan’s Chief selector, made sure they moved forward to keep an eye for the significant ICC tournament. He said that they are staying predictable in their determination by keeping their core players who have been in the game for a while. For them, the England and West Indie tour is critical and essential. The Pakistan team for the West Indies tour will play the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs against England just as the T20Is against England. Also, the West Indies will be part of their preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. 

Wasim also mentions that those who have missed on the Pakistan squad for West Indies and England will remain part of their strategy. They will keep working on their specialized game at the National High-Performance Center under the care of Mohammad Yousuf and Saqlain Mushtaq. 

Pakistan will play three ODIs and three T20Is in England from 8-20 July, before taking on West Indies in five T20Is, followed by two Tests.

Here are squads for Pakistan Tour for West Indies 2021 and England;

ODI Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Usman Qadir.

T20I Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, and Usman Qadir.

Test Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper) (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Yasir Shah (subject to fitness) and Zahid Mahmood.

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Reference Resource:

  1. https://cricketpakistan.com.pk/en/news/detail/wasim-announces-pakistan-squad-for-england-west-indies-tour
  2. https://www.wionews.com/sports/cricket-pakistan-announce-squads-for-england-and-west-indies-tours-389423
  3. https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/2165746

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