The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the team squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2023 and the imminent three-match ODI series against Afghanistan.
According to an official PCB statement, a squad of 18 players will participate in the Afghanistan series, which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka from August 22 to 26.
Subsequently, the team’s size will be reduced to 17 players for the continental tournament, Asia Cup 2023, which is set to kick off at the Multan Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan’s campaign will commence against Nepal in the opening match of the tournament. Check complete details on Pakistan’s squad for Asia Cup 2023 and Afghanistan ODI Series.
Pakistan’s Asia Cup 2023 Squad: Who are included?
Babar Azam is again leading Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming endeavours. The leadership of the team rests on his capable shoulders, backed by his exceptional form and strategic acumen.
The squad boasts a duo of adept wicketkeepers in the form of Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Haris. Their inclusion underlines the importance of a solid wicketkeeping backbone in the team’s composition, ensuring both reliable glovework and valuable batting contributions.
Stepping into the role of Babar Azam’s form is the premier all-rounder, Shadab Khan. His versatile skills with both bat and ball, coupled with his leadership experience, make him a fitting choice for the deputy captaincy. Shadab Khan’s role extends beyond his individual prowess, as he is expected to provide crucial support and inspiration to the team in various aspects of the game.
Pakistan’s formidable pace arsenal will be marshalled by none other than the dynamic Shaheen Shah Afridi. The fiery pace bowler’s presence in the squad adds both depth and potency to the fast-bowling department. Alongside Afridi, the pace contingent boasts the talents of Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, and Naseem Shah.
Pakistan squad for Asia Cup 2023
Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Haris, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim
Pakistan’s Squad for Afghanistan series: Who are included?
For the Afghanistan series, the Pakistan squad sees the inclusion of Tayyab Tahir, Faheem Ashraf, and Saud Shakeel. Their presence underscores the team’s intention to field a balanced combination, comprising adept batsmen and impactful bowlers, capable of adapting to the specific challenges presented by the Afghan opponents.
As the countdown to the upcoming battles commences, the chosen players are not just names on a roster; they represent the aspirations and hopes of a nation that reverberates with passion for cricket.
Pakistan squad for Afghanistan series
Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Haris, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim