Sami, Sharjeel added to Pakistan squad for Asia Cup, ICC World T20
In a media release, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revealed that Azam had sustained a forearm fracture in a practice session in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Azam will be out of action for a period between three and four weeks whereas Raees has been diagnosed with a grade one hamstring strain.
Both Sami and Khan are in excellent form in the PSL with the former taking 11 wickets from six matches while the latter is the third highest run scorer in the tournament with 287 runs including a century.
The selectors have also decided to draft Khalid Latif in the place of Iftikhar Ahmed for the ICC World T20 citing his impressive showing in the PSL.
Chairman of the Pakistan selection committee, Haroon Rashid stated that the performances of the players in the PSL has been a major factor in deciding the changes.
“After having looked at the performance of the players in the PSL competition, the selection committee along with Captain Shahid Afridi and Head Coach Waqar Younis have come to the conclusion that keeping in view the outstanding performances of Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Sami in PSL matches, they should be included as replacements for injured Babar Azam and Rumman Raees respectively for both Asia Cup and World Cup," said Rashid in a PCB release.
“Since we have the option available to bring in changes in our World Cup squad before the support period starting from March 8, 2016, it has also been decided to use this option and decided to include Khalid Latif, who showed tremendous display of power hitting in the PSL matches, which paved the way for his inclusion in the World Cup squad in place of Iftikhar Ahmed.
“Khalid Latif could not be made part of the Asia Cup squad due to some technical reasons but would join the squad for the World Cup”
Pakistan begin their Asia Cup with a clash against India on the 27th of February in Mirpur while their first game in the ICC World T20 will be against the qualifying team from the Group A on 16th March in Kolkata.
Pakistan squad for Asia Cup:
Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (vice-captain/wk), Sharjeel Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Sami
Pakistan squad for ICC World T20:
Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (vice-captain/wk), Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Sami
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