The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced an 18-member squad for the T20I series against Bangladesh slated for November 19, 20 and 22 in Dhaka.
The only change in the side that has qualified for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 semifinals is that Mohammad Hafeez has opted out.
After discussions with Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim, Hafeez, 41, decided not to travel to Bangladesh, and allow youngsters to get opportunities to perform and gain international experience and exposure. In his place, an in-form Iftikhar Ahmed has been added to the middle-order that also includes Haider Ali and Khushdil Shah.
Ahmed had been in sublime form during the National T20 Cup that occurred before the World T20. He slammed 409 runs at 102.25, striking at 170.41 and finished as the second-highest run-getter. Haider Ali and Khushdil Shah are part of the contingent in the UAE; however, they haven’t played yet.
Pakistan is also scheduled to play two Test matches against Bangladesh on the tour as well, which will be held from 26-30 November and 4-8 December in Chittagong and Dhaka respectively.
Opener Imam-Ul-Haq, middle-order batter Kamran Ghulam and off-spinner Bilal Asif have been named in the 20-player squad, replacing Haris Rauf, Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani and Yasir Shah, who were part of the 21-player side that toured the West Indies in July-August.
Left-handed Imam has been recalled following his stellar performances in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in which he has aggregated 488 runs in five innings of four matches, including an unbeaten double-century.
Imam had played his 11th and last Test against Australia in Adelaide in November/December 2019.
Pakistan T20I squad
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shoaib Malik and Usman Qadir.
Pakistan Test squad
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-Ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakee, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Zahid Mahmood
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced a 16-man squad for the Alesha Holdings T20I series against Pakistan.
The side has six changes from the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2021 squad. Allrounders Shakib Al Hasan and Shaif Uddin are unavailable due to injuries while Litton Kumer Das, Soumya Sarkar and Rubel Hossain have been left out. Mushfiqur Rahim has been rested for the T20 international series. Returning to the T20 team are batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto and leg spinner Aminul Islam Biplob.
The newcomers are batsmen Saif Hassan and Yasir Ali Chowdhury, pacer Shohidul Islam and wicketkeeper Akbar Ali.
Akbar Ali, the U19 World Cup winning captain, has got a national call-up for the first time to the senior squad. His team defeated India in the final of the World Cup in January 2020 and has been looked at as one of the next big things in Bangladesh cricket.
Mahmudullah will continue to lead the squad but there will be pressure on him given that Bangladesh didn’t win a single game in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup.
Bangladesh T20I squad
Mahmudullah (captain), Naim Sheikh, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Saif Hassan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Shohidul Islam, Akbar Ali