The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the squad for the upcoming T20 series against Afghanistan. Shadab Khan has been named as the captain of the team. The series is set to take place in Sharjah, with the first match scheduled for March 24.
Shadab Khan has been a regular member of the Pakistan T20 team for several years, and his appointment as captain is not unexpected. He has previously led Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, and his experience as a captain will be valuable for Pakistan as they take on Afghanistan.
In addition to Shadab Khan (C), Abdullah Shafique, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Haris (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir, Zaman Khan.
Reserves: Haseebullah, Usama Mir, Abrar Ahmed. Babar Azam, Pakistan’s regular captain, will miss the series due to he will given rest. The squad also features several promising young players.
The series against Afghanistan will be an important opportunity for Pakistan to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place later this year. With several key players missing due to manage the workload, the series will also provide a chance for some of the younger players to make their mark and stake a claim for a regular place in the team.
Overall, the squad named by the PCB looks strong and balanced, and Pakistan will be hoping to put in a strong performance against Afghanistan. With Shadab at the helm and a mix of experienced players and promising youngsters in the squad, Pakistan will be confident of success in the series.
This is published in logical baat, on 13 March, 2023.