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The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed the Asia Cup 2022 schedule yesterday. Pakistan will face India in their first match. Today, there was another surprise by the Pakistan Cricket Board as they announced their 15-Men squad for the Asia Cup 2022. There are some new faces in the team who will showcase their talent in UAE. But the question that arises is if this team has the ability to win this tournament?
Pakistan Squad For Asia Cup 2022
There are some surprises in Men In green squad. Hasan Ali was out of form for a long time hence, Young Naseem Shah has been included in his place. We will see some new faces Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir and Haider Ali. Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim JR, and Iftikhar Ahmed are also part of the Pakistan squad.
Full Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir
Also Read: Asia Cup 2022 Full Details
Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim Shares His Point Of View:
Mohammad Wasim tells about the Changes in the team “We only made changes that were necessary. Both tournaments are important to us, so we chose our best available players after consulting with the skipper and head coach.”
Mohammad Wasim share the reason for Hasan Ali’s exclusion “Hasan has indeed been given a break from international cricket, and Naseem Shah has taken his place. He is extremely quick and can add to the fast bowling department, which already includes Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Shahnawaz Dahani”
Mohammad Wasim on Inclusion of Agha Salman “Salman Ali Agha has been recalled to the ODI squad after a strong showing in the last two Pakistan Cup tournaments, averaging 40.33 and 48.8. He also provides an additional bowling option for Babar Azam.”
Players Who Should Have Been Included In The Squad
Green Shirts 15 men’s squad for the Asia Cup is pretty fine as youngsters have been given a chance to showcase their talent on a big platform. However, there should be some experienced players like Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim. Shoaib Malik is a stable batsman who can save Pakistan from a collapse. Along with his experience of UAE pitches, he could have been a match winner.
Imad Wasim is an under rated allrounder. He could have been dangerous in UAE conditions. Especially in the powerplay with the new ball. Imad also has a lot of experience with UAE pitches as he has played a lot of international games along with franchise cricket. His records in UAE are wonderful.
Also, Read: Will We See Imad Wasim In Asia Cup?
Pakistan Probable Playing 11 For Asia Cup?
- Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
- Babar Azam (C)
- Fakhar Zaman
- Haider Ali
- Shadab Khan
- Khushdil Shah
- Asif Ali
- Haris Rauf
- Usman Qadir
- Naseem Shah
- Shaheen Shah Afridi