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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the 15-men squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, which will be played in Australia starting on October 16. Chief selector Mohammad Wasim announced the final squad of the Pakistan Cricket Team at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.
Along with the 15, they have announced three reserve players that will be travelling with the team.
The squad will also play seven home T20I matches against England and then tour New Zealand for a Tri-Series with Kiwis and Bangladesh before the tournament.
|#||Player||Role||Bat style||Bowl style|
|56||Babar Azam (C)||Batsman||Right||RH off-break|
|7||Shadab Khan (VC)||All Rounder||Right||RH leg break|
|45||Asif Ali||Batsman||Right||RH off-break|
|47||Haider Ali||Batsman||Right||RH off-break|
|97||Haris Rauf||Bowler||Right||RH Fast|
|95||Iftikhar Ahmed||All Rounder||Right||RH off-break|
|72||Khushdil Shah||All Rounder||Left||LH off-break|
|87||Mohammad Hasnain||Bowler||Right||RH Fast|
|21||Mohammad Nawaz||All Rounder||Left||LH off-break|
|16||Mohammad Rizwan (wk)||WK-BAT||Right||–|
|74||Mohammad Wasim Jnr||All Rounder||Right||RH Fast|
|71||Naseem Shah||Bowler||Right||RH Fast|
|40||Shaheen Afridi||Bowler||Left||RH Fast|
|94||Shan Masood||Batsman||Left||RH Medium|
|91||Usman Qadir||Bowler||Left||RH Leg-break|
Pakistan Squad: Who’s In and who’s Out?
The squad is heavily based on the one that was picked for the Asia Cup 2022. Only 2 changes were made in otherwise the same squad.
Left-handed batter Fakhar Zaman misses out from the 15-men squad following his injury during the Asia Cup final but has been named in the reserves. PCB Medical panel believes that Fakhar will be available for the tournament but will only act as a reserved player if needed. Shoaib Malik also misses out on the 15-men squad.
Moreover, Shahnawaz Dahani missed out on the final fifteen. Hasan Ali also failed to make it in the squad as Mohammad Wasim Jr. is fit to represent Pakistan in the World Cup.
- Fakhar Zaman
- Mohammad Haris (wk)
- Shahnawaz Dahani
Pakistan Squad: Performances in the last tournament
Pakistan ended up in the Top 4 in last year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 which was played in the UAE. Babar Azam and his men made history when they defeated India in the World Cup tournament match for the very first time.
The Green Team clean swept the whole group stage following wins over New Zealand, Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland. They topped the table and were the first team across the Super 12s round to qualify for the knockout stage.
Pakistan faced the eventual champions Australia, where the Aussies defeated them by five wickets in Dubai. They were the only Asian side to be included in the top four of the tournament.
This year, they are slotted in group 2 alongside India, South Africa, Bangladesh and the two qualifiers. They will begin their competition on October 23 against India in the iconic MCG.
For full tournament details, read more about it here: T20 World Cup 2022: Groupings, Schedule, Dates, and Timings
Pakistan Squad: What are we expecting this time?
Expectations will be quite interesting this time around. The tournament is being held on Australian shores across seven cities.
Interestingly, PAK have played only four T20I matches in the country, all against Australia. They lost three out of four with one game was washed out. The last time Babar Azam and his men played in these conditions was in 2019, losing 2-0 to the hosts.
It will be exciting to see how our superstars will play this time. Since the last tournament, PAK have played 13 T20I matches, out of which they won nine and lost four. During this, they played in the Asia Cup and ended as Runners-up in the tournament.
There are great expectations for our heroes. And we believe Pakistan will qualify for the semi-finals of this year’s Men’s T20 World Cup.