Haider Ali gets maiden call-up for Pakistan’s tour of England, Sarfaraz Ahmed back in extended squad


By: PTI | Lahore |

Published: June 12, 2020 1:27:40 pm


Sarfaraz Ahmed is but to make a global look in 2020 (Reuters File)

Young Haider Ali was rewarded for his stupendous current kind with a maiden worldwide call-up for Pakistan’s ‘bio-secure’ tour of England in August-September.

Pacer Sohail Khan made a return to the nationwide facet after 4 years as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) introduced a 29-player squad for three Tests and as many T20Is.

Haider had an excellent 2019-20 season, following which he earned an rising contract for the 2020-21 season.

He was Pakistan U19’s second most profitable batsman with 317 runs towards South Africa U19 in June, fifth main run-getter in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Sohail, who final performed for Pakistan in the Boxing Day Test aginst Australia in 2016, is coming off home season. In the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019-20, he took 22 wickets in 9 matches, whereas he grabbed seven wickets in the PSL.

The announcement a day after premier pacer Mohammad Amir and middle-order batsman Haris Sohail pulled out of the tour.

“Amir withdrew in order that he could be on the beginning of his second youngster in August whereas Haris took the choice of pulling out of the tour as a result of Covid-19 pandemic,” the PCB media launch mentioned.

Four reserve gamers have additionally been named as a canopy in case anybody fails the pre-tour COVID-19 testing, which shall be carried out on June 20 and 25.

An extended squad, together with white-ball specialists, is being despatched to England because the gamers, in accordance with collection SOPs in the wake of COVID-19, will stay in England from begin to end.

“The selectors have picked a squad which gives us the best chance of success in England. But the main focus of the selectors has been red-ball cricket, which we will play for nearly two months with the T20Is to be played at the backend of the ICC World Test Championship fixtures,” chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq mentioned.

“The collection towards England shall be difficult as our gamers haven’t performed any aggressive cricket since March, whereas the house staff will come following a collection towards the West Indies.

“This means we will have to hit the ground running as soon as we land in England and make the best use of the training sessions and match practice before we enter the first Test,” he added.

Besides Haider, Kashif Bhatti is the opposite uncapped participant in the facet. Kashif was in the Test squad towards Australia and Sri Lanka however didn’t play.

Squad: Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam (Test vice-captain and T20I captain), Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah.

Reserves: Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Musa Khan and Mohammad Nawaz.

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