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Babar Azam holds virtual pre-series media conference

Pakistan captain and world’s highest-ranked white-ball batter Babar Azam today held his pre-series online media conference.

The T20I series, which counts towards the ICC Rankings, will commence on Monday, while the ODI series, which forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, will begin on Saturday, 18 December. Both the series will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Pakistan men’s squads

T20Is - Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab), Shadab Khan (vice-captain, Northern), Asif Ali (Northern), Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Haider Ali (Northern), Haris Rauf (Northern), Iftikhar Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh), Mohammad Nawaz (Northern), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Shahnawaz Dahani (Sindh) and Usman Qadir (Central Punjab)

ODIs - Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab), Shadab Khan (vice-captain, Northern), Asif Ali (Northern), Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Haider Ali (Northern), Haris Rauf (Northern), Iftikhar Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan), Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Nawaz (Northern), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh), Saud Shakeel (Sindh), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Shahnawaz Dahani (Sindh) and Usman Qadir (Central Punjab)

Traveling reserve: Abdullah Shafique (Central Punjab)

Series schedule (with umpire and match referee appointments)

13 Dec – 1st T20I. Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Rashid Riaz (fourth umpire). Muhammad Javed Malik (match referee)

14 Dec – 2nd T20I. Ahsan Raza and Asif Yaqoob (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Faisal Afridi (fourth umpire). Muhammad Javed Malik (match referee)

16 Dec – 3rd T20I. Aleem Dar and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Faisal Afridi (fourth umpire). Muhammad Javed Malik (match referee)

18 Dec – 1st ODI. Aleem Dar and Asif Yaqoob (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Faisal Afridi (fourth umpire). Muhammad Javed Malik (match referee)

20 Dec – 2nd ODI. Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Rashid Riaz (fourth umpire). Muhammad Javed Malik (match referee)

22 Dec – 3rd ODI. Aleem Dar and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Asif Yaqoob (fourth umpire). Muhammad Javed Malik (match referee)