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Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir left out of Pakistan’s upcoming tour of NZ | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistani selectors on Wednesday dropped veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik and pacer Mohammad Amir from a 35-member squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour.
The Pakistan Cricket Board introduced a mixed squad, which incorporates gamers for the senior workforce and the Shaheen’s aspect. It didn’t specify which participant belongs to which squad.
Pakistan play three T20Is on December 18, 20 and 22 earlier than their ICC World Test Championship fixtures to be held in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch from December 26-30 and January 3-7 respectively.
The schedule of the Shaheens is but to be confirmed by New Zealand Cricket although it’s anticipated to be performed concurrently. The squad will depart for New Zealand on November 23.
Babar Azam has already been introduced Pakistan captain in all codecs. His vice-captain in Tests might be Mohammad Rizwan within the tour which might be staged in a bio-safe atmosphere in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PCB mentioned each 38-yr-outdated Malik and 28-yr-outdated Amir have been left out because the “selectors prefer youth” over them.
The dropping of former captain Malik, who now performs solely T20 cricket, may imply that the selectors haven’t got him in thoughts for subsequent yr’s T20 World Cup in India. He performed within the T20I sequence in opposition to England in September however was not within the Pakistan T20I workforce within the simply concluded residence sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe.
Left-arm pacer Amir was additionally not thought of for the latest residence white ball sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe. He final performed a Test in January 2019. He, nevertheless, performed within the T20 International sequence in opposition to England in August-September this yr.
Another senior participant Asad Shafiq, who has performed 77 Tests, was left out “due to lack of form.”
Uncapped Amad Butt, Danish Aziz, Imran Butt and Rohail Nazir have been named, as additionally Abdullah Shafique and Usman Qadir within the squad which has a mean age is 27.4.
“… Test players not involved in the T20Is in the first half of the series against New Zealand will be available for selection for Shaheens (Pakistan A), who are expected to be playing four-day matches against New Zealand A during that period,” the PCB mentioned.
“Likewise, when the national side is involved in the ICC World Test Championship matches against New Zealand, national men’s team players not part of those matches will be available for selection for the Shaheens, who are expected to be involved in 20-over games against New Zealand A during those days.”
The Pakistan squad will spend 14-days in quarantine and isolation after reaching New Zealand which is already internet hosting the West Indies.
The Squad:
Openers: Abid Ali, Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman and Zeeshan Malik.
Middle order batsmen: Babar Azam (Capt), Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Hussain Talat, Haider Ali, Imran Butt, Haris Sohail, Ifthikar Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah and Danish Aziz.
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Rohail Nazir.
Spinners: Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah and Zafar Gohar.
Fast Bowlers: Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Musa, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz.

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