Pakistan Name Squad For Zimbabwe Tour
Pakistan have named their Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International squads for their tour of Zimbabwe that begins later this month.
The limited overs squads show few changes from the party that toured the West Indies, winning the ODI series 3-1 and winning both Twenty20 Internationals.
Hammad Azam is omitted from the Twenty20 squad and wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan does not feature in the ODI squad as Sohaib Maqsood - an off-spinning all-rounder - is a newcomer to the Twenty20 squad.
The Test squad, however, sees opening batsman Nasir Jamshed and tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan left out with Mohammad Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor and Imran Farhat preferred at the top of the order.
Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz are the most experienced pace bowlers selected with Ehsan Adil and Rahat Ali providing the other options as Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman take up their places as specialist spinners.
Younus Khan, who played in Pakistan's last Test, in February against South Africa, is also left out as Adnan Akmal replaces Sarfraz Ahmed as first-choice wicket-keeper.
Tanvir Ahmed and Umar Gul also featured in that series but Tanvir has been left out and Gul is unavailable due to injury, and is targeting the series against Sri Lanka in December as a potential comeback opportunity.
Pakistan arrive in Zimbabwe on 19th August ahead of two Twenty20 Internationals, five One-Day Internationals and a Test in Harare before the tour concludes with the second and final Test in Bulawayo.
Two years ago, they toured Zimbabwe and won every match, a target they will have in mind this time around as well.
Pakistan Test squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor, Imran Farhat, Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman
Pakistan ODI squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Abdur Rehman
Pakistan T20I squad: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqur Babar, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail
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