Pakistan has left out veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez from its Twenty20 squad for the sequence towards South Africa as a result of he wouldn’t meet the Pakistan Cricket Board’s deadline for gamers to enter a bio-secure bubble.
The PCB had stated that every one gamers had to be within the group’s bubble by Feb. 3 forward of the three-match sequence towards the Proteas that begins on Feb. 11.
Hafeez, who will not be among the many PCB’s centrally contracted gamers, is at present taking part in within the T10 League within the United Arab Emirates. He had requested the PCB to permit him to be part of the group in Lahore after the Feb. 3 deadline.
“Unfortunately, the scenario is as such that every player has to join the (bio) bubble on Feb. 3 and if a player can’t do so, it means he is unavailable,” chief selector Mohammad Wasim stated.
“If he (Hafeez) was available, there’s no question on his performance, but unfortunately he is not available.”
Hafeez, 40, has scored 2,323 runs in 99 Twenty20 internationals at a strike charge of 121.30 and 14 half centuries. He was the world’s main T20 cricketer final 12 months, scoring 415 runs in 10 matches at a mean of 83 and a strike charge of 152.57.
The selectors have recalled Asif Ali, who can also be taking part in within the T10 League within the UAE, however Wasim stated the batsman will be part of the group by the Feb. 3 deadline.
The selectors dropped opening batsman Fakhar Zaman and quick bowler Wahab Riaz due to their current poor performances whereas all-rounder Shadab Khan remains to be nursing a leg damage. Pakistan’s different Twenty20 common ? all-rounder Imad Wasim ? was unavailable as a result of of a household dedication.
Left-handed opener Fakhar might rating solely 192 runs in his final 17 Twenty20 internationals at a mean of 11.29 whereas left-arm quick bowler Riaz took six wickets in his final 8 T20 internationals.
In addition to Asif, quick bowler Hasan Ali and Aamer Yamir have been additionally recalled to the Twenty20 group that additionally contains 4 rookie gamers ? Zafar Gohar, Danish Aziz, Zahid Mehmood and Amad Butt.
The South African Twenty20 squad will arrive in Pakistan on Feb. 3. All three matches will likely be performed in Lahore on Feb. 11, 13 and 14.
The PCB stated that Pakistan gamers participating within the check sequence towards South Africa who’re additionally half of the Twenty20 group will be part of the bubble in Lahore on the finish of the second check, which begins in Rawalpindi on Feb. 4.
Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Hussain Talat, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Zafar Gohar, Faheem Ashraf, Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Mohammad Rizwan, Safaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mehmood. (AP)