Pakistan Cricket Board has Announced the 15-Member Squad for the T20 Series against Bangladesh Starting from the 24th of January in Pakistan. The Selectors have Surprisingly Recalled the Experienced Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. Pakistan Announced t20 Squad against Bangladesh- Malik & Hafeez Are Back.
Chief Selector Misbah-Ul-Haq, who also happens to be Head Coach of Pakistan, had Omitted the Pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. The Selection Committee has made 7 Changes to the Squad that Humilated by Australia Last Year.
Pakistan Announced t20 Squad against Bangladesh- Malik & Hafeez Are Back
A team that is a Blend of Veteran and New Comers is Chosen Under the Captaincy of a Newly Appointed Captain Babar Azam. Former Captain Sarfraz Ahmad is Dropped from the Squad, Contrary to all Speculations. Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt, and Haris Rauf are Expected to be Capped in the Series. Meanwhile, Hafeez Malik and Shaheen Afridi recalled in the Squad.
Selection Committee has dropped Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Amir, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz. They were all part of the Squad that Lost against Aussies Last Year.
Squad: Babar Azam (c), Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt, Iftikhar Ahmed Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Musa, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Qadir.
Chief Selector Misbah Had Something to Say
“We have lost eight of our last nine T20Is and as the number-one ranked side, this is unacceptable. We need to end our losing cycle and get back to winning habits leading into the upcoming Asia Cup and ICC T20 World Cup. This has played a critical role in our decision-making.”
We tried our alternate combinations in the series against Sri Lanka and Australia, and obviously, these didn’t work the way we had expected. Hafeez and Shoaib bring a total of 200 T20Is between them and if you mix these with the other youngsters we have in the side, then I think it becomes a good blend of experience and youth,” he continued.
“The seven players who have missed out on selection are by no means out of our planning but considering their recent form in international cricket and taking into account other strong performances in our National T20 Cup, we have decided to make these changes.Misbah
Some are Furious at the Selection
The Announcement of Team Selection is Receiving a Very Infuriate Response from Pundits and Cricket Fans. Even Former Cricketers are Lambasating Chief Selectors for Recalling Hafeez & Malik. They believe it’s time to think about Long-term Offensive Strategy Rather than Turning into Defensive Mode.
Rameez Raja, in his YouTube Video, after the Selection, Criticized the Chief Selector for his Defensive Approach by Choosing Malik-Hafeez over other New Guns.
Former WicketKeeper Batsman Kamran Akmal also Whinged Upon his Non-Selection for the Home Series.
Meanwhile, Zainab Abbas had something to Say About the Rejection of Mohammad Amir from the Squad.