T20 World Cup: Pakistan make three big changes in WC team, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman add in 15 member squad

T20 World Cup: Pakistan make three big changes in WC team, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman add in 15 member squad
T20 World Cup: Pakistan make three big changes in WC team, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman add in 15 member squad

T20 World Cup: Pakistan make three big changes in WC team, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman add in 15 member squad – Pakistan Cricket Board has announced three big changes in their squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 squad. Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, middle-order batsman Haide Ali and opening batsman Fakhar Zaman were added to the 15 member squad replacing Azam Khan, Mohammad Hasnain and Khushdil Shah. 

T20 World Cup: Pakistan make three big changes in WC team, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman add in 15 member squad

Also Read: T20 World Cup: Selectors show BIG faith on Hardik Pandya despite below-par show, confirms ’he will not be replaced’

The decision on Sohaib Maqsood’s inclusion in the squad will be made following medical advice. The top-order batter underwent MRI scans for the lower back after the 6 October National T20 match against Northern and missed Thursday’s Punjab derby against Central Punjab.

National selectors on Friday confirmed Pakistan’s squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 14 November. Pakistan is in Group 2 and will open its campaign against India on 24 October at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan’s 15-player squad (in alphabetical order):

  1. Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab)
  2. Shadab Khan (vice-captain, Northern)
  3. Asif Ali (Northern)
  4. Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  5. Haider Ali (Northern)
  6. Haris Rauf (Northern)
  7. Hasan Ali (Central Punjab)
  8. Imad Wasim (Northern)
  9. Mohammad Hafeez (Central Punjab)
  10. Mohammad Nawaz (Northern)
  11. Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  12. Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  13. Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper, Sindh)
  14. Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  15. Sohaib Maqsood (Southern Punjab)

Also Read: T20 World Cup: Tickets booking and sales for T20 World Cup starts today, BCCI asks state bodies for the ticket requirements

Travelling reserves – Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab), Shahnawaz Dahani (Sindh) and Usman Qadir (Central Punjab)

T20 World Cup: Pakistan make three big changes in WC team, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman add in 15 member squad

Pakistan’s WC squad

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)

Also Read: India T20 World Cup squad: India Full Squads, Schedule, Date, Venue, Live Streaming, India Time, All Teams, Host all you need to know

Chief selector Muhammad Wasim: “After reviewing player performances in the highly competitive National T20 and in consultation with the team management, we have decided to include Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

“The three in-form players bring with them a wealth of experience and talent and provide further stability, balance and strength to the side.

Pakistan’s WC squad

“It must be tough for Azam, Khushdil and Hasnain for missing out but they still have a lot to offer in their careers. They are in our future plans as a lot of cricket has to be played post the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and in the lead up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

“I am pleased with the intensity and high quality of cricket that we have witnessed in the National T20. It has not only provided the players excellent match practice in the lead up to the UAE competition, it has also given us the opportunity to closely monitor the player progress and then make decisions that are in the best interest of the side for what will be a cut-throat tournament.”

T20 World Cup: Pakistan make three big changes in WC team, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman add in 15 member squad

Also Read: T20 World Cup: ICC to replace ‘batsman’ with ‘batter’ from T20…

Schedule of Pakistan’s matches in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 (all matches to start at 1900 Pakistan time):

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

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final schedule:

  • 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